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Residential Building of Kazimieras Jokantas

Kaunas, Lithuania
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In the 1930s, a few modern-looking residential buildings were built on E. Ozeskienes Street. One of these is this three-story building of modernist architecture, which was built in 1933. It was designed by civil engineer Algirdas Salkauskis, who also designed several other modern-looking buildings in Kaunas. This particular building was commissioned by Kazimieras Jokantas, who was the Minister of Education of Lithuania for several years in the 1920s and 1930s. The volume of the building is rectangular with a pitched roof - a typical feature of the buildings in Kaunas of that time. As was usual for that time, part of the premises was occupied by its owners, and part was rented out. The box-like exterior has a simple and modern appearance. The main street facade of the asymmetrical composition consists of three rows of rectangular windows grouped into strips. The corner entrance is with a small canopy, above which is a narrow vertical strip of staircase windows. These are typical features of Kaunas modern architecture of that time. Most of the facade of the building was plastered, and the plinth was finished with decorative yellowish tiles. The building continues to be used according to its original function, but its exterior is not maintained and is slowly losing its authenticity.

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