jugendstil

the measure of mike has added a photo to the pool:

jugendstil

the first sight of all the Jugend architecture in Helsinki is really quite magical; a not so subtle reminder of the gnomes, fairies and the mysticisms that came into fashion from the arts and crafts movement before it.

but with time you come to realize that the meaning of the style has evolved from those origins to marking the beginnings of a Finnish exceptionalism – that was directed outwardly at its Russian neighbors, and inwardly to a loose society taking its early steps toward nation-building.

so many of the buildings that remain were built within several years of 1907.

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