Kaunas was awarded a European Heritage Label

The European Commission officially confirmed that Kaunas, famous for its unique modernist architecture of the interwar period, will be awarded the European Heritage Label.

The marked places or objects will be allowed to use the table with a European Heritage logo and they will be included into EU strategy for publicizing and promoting their existence, dedicated to European Heritage Label. Finally, winners will participate in the annual conference of the object managers, where they will be able to make contacts with colleagues and expand their knowledge.

European Heritage Label shooting team has visited Kaunas for the last two days. They captured the most important objects in the interwar period including Kaunas Garrison Officer's Club, Central Post Office, Christ's Resurrection Church, Vytautas the Great War Museum and so on. International group of experts during 2014 have valued 36 applications for the national level selected by the European Commission and the EU Member States that joined the European Heritage Label. After long deliberations, a report recommended European Commission to extend the label to 16 places and objects among them Kaunas City municipality.

Kaunas modernism was formed in the fourth decade of the last century, when the city was the temporary capital of Lithuania, Poland occupied Vilnius region. The town is a few tens of exceptional examples of modernist architecture. The first Lithuanian modernist buildings of the Central Post Office, built in 1930-1931. The Architecture and Urbanism Research Centre says the European interwar modernism ideas were brought to Lithuania by several Lithuanian architects who studied abroad. In Lithuania, modernistic architecture developed into its own specific form and is therefore called the Kaunas school of architecture.

The marked places or objects will be allowed to use the table with a European Heritage logo and they will be included into EU strategy for publicizing and promoting their existence, dedicated to European Heritage Label. Finally, winners will participate in the annual conference of the object managers, where they will be able to make contacts with colleagues and expand their knowledge.

      

Photos: G. Česonis.



European Commission

Kaunas Interwar Modernism Architecture objects (listed), located in an urban site.

Cultural Heritage object
Year of Construction
Website
Central Post Office
1930-1931
Vytautas the Great War Museum and M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art
1930-1936
Kaunas Garrison Officer's Club
1935-1937
Kaunas City Municipality
1938-1940
Kaunas County Police Headquarters
1932-1933
Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Trades
1937-1938
Žaliakalnis funicular
1931-1933
Aleksotas funicular
1935
Former VMU Faculty of Arts (former office of Pažanga company)
1931-1934
LUHS Main building
1931-1933
KTU Central building (former Agriculture bank)
1933-1935
Former KTU Faculty of Economics and Management (former headquarter of milk processing company Pienocentras)
1931-1934
KTU Faculty of Chemical Technology(former Military Research Laboratory)
1933-1937
Lithuanian Sports University
1933-1934
Sports Hall
1938-1939
KTU Vaižgantas Progymnasium
1938
Jonas Jablonskis Gymnasium (former Elementary School)
1930-1931
Romuva Cinema
1938-1940
Former Pasaka Cinema
1939-1940
Christ's Resurrection Basilica
1933-1940
Kaunas Sacred Heart of Jesus (Šančiai) Church
1938
Residential houses (complex) at V. Putvinskis str. 52, 54, 56, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72
1928-1937
Architect Stasys Kudokas residential house – villa V. Mykolaitis-Putinas str. 11
1937
Minister Juozas Tūbelis villa
1933
Residential house K. Donelaitis str. 17
1929
Residential house K. Donelaitis str. 19
1933
Residential house Maironis str. 13
1930-1931
Residential house Kęstutis str. 38
1932
Residential house Laisvės av. 3
1933
Residential house Laisvės av. 69
1929-1930
Residential house L. Sapiegos str. 4
1935
Residential house Vaidilutės str. 3
1938
Residential house Vydūnas av. 59
1934
Residential house Vytautas av. 30
1930-1931
Butas cooperative
1931-1932
Tulpė cooperative
1925-1926