Art Nouveau objects in Riga

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Tērbatas iela 15/17 (1905.)

Architect: Konstantīns Pēkšēns

The school at Terbatas iela 15/17 is one of the icons of Riga's architecture of the early 20th century desighed by architects Konstantīns Pēkšēns and Eižens Laube. It was built by poet, lawyer and education administrator Atis Ķeniņš who during the first Latvia’s independence period also worked as a diplomat and served as a the Minister of Education and Justice. 

The building has an impressive silhouette and its architectural finish is made of various natural building materials set in different combinations. Apart from red brick, plaster of different textures and insets of green ceramic tiles, the façade finish also includes the travertine that was sourced from the vicinity of the Staburags cliff, a place located on the left riverbank of the Daugava and associated with a legend of mourning girl turned into rock. Several structural details are exposed in the façade, e.g. lintels above second-floor windows made of hot-rolled construction steel in the part of the façade clad with red brick as well as expressive corbels at the top of the façade. They are actual ends of the trusses spanning the school hall. These structures were also artistically exposed in the interior.

Author Dr. arch. Jānis Krastiņš