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Reinhold Schmaeling 1840–1917 City Architect of Riga

By Jānis Krastiņš


Reinhold Georg Schmaeling (14 November 1840, Riga – 17 October 1917, Riga) as many as 36 years – from 1879 to 1915 – was the City Architect of Riga. It was the time when Riga acquired the distinctive urban features that made it the world heritage site. Schmaeling filled the entire urban space with buildings forming the distinctive image of modern Riga. At least 25 schools, 3 hospitals and several other health-care establishments, 5 fire stations, 2 markets, night shelters, kindergartens, administrative buildings, cultural establishments, sports and cult buildings, barracks, various utility objects and numerous residential houses were built in Riga to his designs. The buildings designed by Reinhold Schmaeling, especially schools, hospitals and other public buildings constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, are original and unique masterpieces of architecture. They constitute an invaluable part of the remarkable heritage of Riga’s building art abounding in diversity

Topics: Architecture, 19th century, 20th century
Publisher: Rīgas pilsētas arhitekta birojs
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