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Villa “Vita” of Romanas Polovinskas

Kulautuva, Lithuania
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L. Mykolaicio nuotrauka, 2018 m.

Villa Vita- A somewhat unusual, breathtaking and inspiring name for a house tucked away in a pine forest, and it was inspired by the regular walls of urban modernism. It was built in 1934 and was the first brick villa in Kulautuva. It is a modern, moderately decorated, two-storey dwelling house with notable corner windows on the second floor. In front of it, there was a fountain - 'Fisherman with a sturgeon'.

The villa belonged to Roman Polovinskas. He was a co-owner of the successful construction company "Muras", participated in the Lithuanian Businessmen's Union and was the chairman of its board. Polovinskas loved and cherished modernist architecture. He also owned a villa built in Kaunas, at the beginning of Viduno Avenue, in 1927 (11-13 Vyduno Avenue, designed by Antanas Breimeris) and one of the most beautiful modernist buildings by the architect Arnas Funks, which was built in 1932 at the intersection of K. Donelaicis and Gediminas Streets.

Villa Vita was luxurious at the time. It was one of the first with an asphalted sidewalk. The Polovinskis set up a cafe in Villa Vita, and in 1938, the engineer-architect Antanas Varnas designed a wooden terrace along the pine forest. A string orchestra would play in the summer afternoons, and couples would dance at the cafe. In Kulautuva, Polovinskas advertised himself as a provider of, according to the press, "Lithuanian pleasure". In addition to the Villa Vita, Roman Polovinskas owned a hotel on Poilsio Street. This profitable business brought the whole Polovinskas family together in Kulautuva. The Polovinskas' parents came from the Kulautuva area, so the resort has always been a kind of centre of attraction for the family.

When the Soviet government came to power before World War II, Roman Polovinskas and his wife, Nina, moved to America. Villa Vita became a tuberculosis sanatorium. Today, the villa is abandoned.

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