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House of Businessman Kostas Petrikas

Kaunas, Lithuania
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L. Mykolaicio nuotrauka, 2018 m.

Kostas Petrikas, a well-known Kaunas cabinetmaker of the interwar period, decided to build a house on the plot of E. Ozeskienes 33. He had a furniture factory in Vilijampole, where he produced high-quality and stylish furniture that was not inferior to French fashion. Furniture made in Kostas Petrikas's factory decorated the interior of the Bank of Lithuania and many other interwar Kaunas buildings. K. Petrikas himself did not live in the house at E. Ozeskienes 33 but rented the flats out. Therefore, the house has changed the number of inhabitants over the years.

The building was designed by architect Arnas Funks. It has three regular floors with a semi-basement/ground floor. It has a one three-room and one four-room apartment around the staircase, with a clear and rational plan scheme. The apartment's living area consists of a study, a dining room and a salon with a balcony to the front facade. Furthermore, a utility room, a maid's room, a bathroom and a bedroom in the backyard. The height of these flats is 3.15 metres. There were two small apartments in the attic and another small apartment in the semi-basement. In apartment number 4, Markas Potruchas, who was the owner of the cosmetics and perfumery factory Florance used to live in. The interior of this flat was designed by Arnas Funks. The building has four oval balconies at the side axes, and the main entrance is at the central axis. There are vertical elements between the windows, which create a vertical emphasis on the front facade of the building. The roof is hidden behind a parapet. The door is made of dark wood and glass ornaments reminiscent of a herringbone pattern, like a woven national band, which emphasises the nationalism of the interwar period. A three-place garage was built in the backyard in the Soviet period.

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