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One of the first Art Nouveau buildings in Riga is falling apart

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Due to the neglect of its owners, one of the oldest Art Nouveau buildings in Riga is falling apart. It was built in 1899. Its architect is Rudolf Heinrich Von Zirwitz. The building situation on Vilandes Street 11 in Riga is a national architectural and cultural landmark.

The owners of the crumbling building have bee receiving warnings and penalties since 2006. The building also suffered a major fire in 2011; its roof is completely destroyed and its overall technical state is catastrophic, as the Riga City Council reports.

Riga City Council will prepare an order for the building’s renovation this week. It will include an order to have the owners of the building set up a temporary roof and set up safety nets around the building within the next three months. If the order is not complete within the stated period of time, the city council’s Property Department will announce a procurement contest for repairs. The costs of this initiative will then be collected from the owner by means of the court.

According to the authorized representative of the owner of the building, there are still people living on the ground floor of the building. Vilande has secured living space for them, but these people refuse to vacate the building, even though it does not have electricity, heating or water supply. This is why the owner has been unable to perform any repairs over the past several years – no work can be done while there are people still living in the building.

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