Teodors Hermanovskis, Art Deco and a Provincial Town Ogre

Renāte Čaupale


The architecture of mansions was an integral part of
popularisation of modern trends in the interwar period in Latvia.
One of the greatest masters in this area was a building engineer
Teodors Hermanovskis. Ogre – a provincial small town near Riga –
had become popular among the Riga intelligentsia as a recreation
place and a summer residence site. It offered a new environment, a
challenge for architects to implement modern ideas in mansion and
summer cottage projects over a relatively short period of time. It
was a time when the functionalism that was topical in Europe also
allowed the presence of Art Deco in projects, which was organically
logical. The mansions designed by Teodors Hermanovskis in Ogre
are indicative of an architect who fulfils modern and daring ideas
in interwar Latvia, as the one whose projects can be classified as
belonging to Art Deco style.

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DOI: 10.7250/aup.2011.001


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