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Residential Apartment Building With a Bookstore

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By Monika Pociūtė, 2023.

A five-story "socialist realism" style residential house was built in 1953 by Algimantas Mikenas and Marija Matusakaite. The whole structure is quite different from the others found in Laisves avenue: The facade is decorated with an original greenish molding on stone slabs, cornice, pilasters framing the staircase windows with a segmental pediment, also decorative metal gates and showcase windows on the first floor where a bookstore was operating.

During the 1980-1983 reconstruction of the interior of the bookstore was carried out. The furniture has been changed, the lamps typical of "social realism" and the columns have been removed. However, an interior reflecting the design trends of the early 1980s in Lithuania has been created: furniture, a wooden ceiling and an original tapestry created in 1982 by Liucija Banaitiene were added. All of it forms a single, period-reflecting interior space. The original interior of the bookstore has been preserved to this day.

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