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House of Janina Rožanskienė

Kaunas, Lithuania
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Žilvinas Rinkšelis

The apartment block on A. Mickevicius Street in Kaunas was built in 1939 for Janina Rozanskiene, who was a practising dentist in Kaunas. After the building was finished, she did not only live in this building, but she also moved her dentistry clinic here as well. It was designed by the architect Antanas Jokimas in the first republic period of Lithuania. The area where the structure was built used to be a part of the city with many wooden houses. However, in the late 1930s, the surrounding started to change. As a result, the wooden houses began to be demolished and replaced with modernist buildings, which were commonly seen in the city in those days. In May 1939, the construction of the four-story brick building was started. According to the archive materials, by the end of the same year, the building's 2nd and 3rd floors were finished, and it was already available for its habitants.

Inside the building, there are seven luxurious apartments with rooms for the servants, which is commonly seen in the Kaunas Modernist architecture that was built in the interwar period. The front facade is embellished with curved balconies with small circles along the balcony parapets. Furthermore, there are circle ornaments between the first and second-floor windows as well. The building has a particular emphasis on the corner, which is achieved by raising the level of the cornice at the eave from other parts of the building. In the corner, there are also small circle windows on both sides. The pitched roof of the building is hidden behind a small parapet, which gives the building the effect of having a flat roof. The rear facade, on the other hand, is much closer to international functionalist standards with its austere lines.

Today, the building is still used as a residential apartment with shops on its ground floor.

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