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Lahti City Hall rejuvenated through renovation

Lahti City Hall, located in the heart of Lahti's downtown, is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks and an integral part of its urban landscape.

Designed by architect Eliel Saarinen, Lahti City Hall was completed in 1912 and represents the late Art Nouveau style. Despite being over 100 years old and suffering damage in wars and fires, the building has now been restored with a deep respect for its original design, preserving the architectural history of different eras.

One significant change is the transformation of the previously open courtyard into a covered, warm space intended for various public and civic uses. Simultaneously, the building has been modernized to create an efficient and contemporary workspace for 165 city employees.

A versatile building of its time

Lahti City Hall has served as a versatile multifunctional space, providing facilities for various city services such as the police department and fire station. The building holds a special place in Lahti’s history and is situated along Mariankatu, a thoroughfare recognized for its cultural and historical importance, both regionally and nationally.

Among the original functions, the council chamber remains in use, serving the same purpose throughout the building’s history.

In 2023, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Eliel Saarinen, who is considered one of Finland’s most prominent architects of all time. His portfolio includes iconic structures like Helsinki Central Railway Station, the National Museum of Finland, Joensuu City Hall,  and Lahti Girls’ School.