House of the Blackheads (Riga)

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House of the Blackheads at dusk
Early 20th century

House of the Blackheads (Latvian: Melngalvju nams, German: Schwarzhäupterhaus) is a building situated in the old town of Riga, Latvia.[1] The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried merchants, shipowners, and foreigners in Riga. Major works were done in the early 17th century, adding most of the Mannerist ornamentation. The sculptures were made by the workshop of August Volz.

The building was bombed to a ruin by the Germans on June 28, 1941 and the remains were demolished by the Soviets in 1948. It was rebuilt between 1996 and 1999 with funds provided by Valērijs Kargins, the president of Parex Bank.[2]

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  1. ^ "House of Blackheads". Municipal Portal of Riga. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Website of the Blackheads House". Retrieved 9 October 2013.

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Coordinates: 56°56′50″N 24°06′25″E / 56.94722°N 24.10694°E / 56.94722; 24.10694