Jūgendstila Rīga - Kr. Valdemāra iela 18


The façade of the building in Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 18 includes some modest stylized ethnographic patterns created by varying plaster of different textures, as well as inserts of colored ceramic tiles. The frieze running through spandrels between the third-floor and fourth-floor windows is designed to look like the belt of a Latvian national costume. Surfaces of rusticated travertine create artistic accents in the façade. Bay windows are crowned with peculiar gables hooded by a jutting cornice in the form of a horseshoe. Architect Augusts Malvess (2 September 1878, Vecgulbene – 9 May 1951, Riga) used this motif also in the buildings at Mazā Nometņui iela 24 (1912) and Tallinas iela 90 (1913).