Yesterday we visited Hvitträsk in Kirkkonummi.
Hvitträsk was built between 1901–1903 by architects
Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen.
The main building, designed in National Romantic style,
built of logs and natural stone, was both a common studio
and a home for Eliel Saarinen and Armas Lindgren
for some years after it was completed.
During that time, Gesellius lived in the
courtyard building and later moved
into the north-wing of the main building after
Lindgren relocated in Helsinki.
This is where the plans were drawn up for
the Helsinki Railway Station and
the National Museum of Finland.
Hvitträsk is also the boyhood home for world famous
architect Eero Saarinen, who made his reputation
primarily in the United States designing buildings
and monuments such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Saarinen home is a museum today,
and within the courtyard building are a restaurant and a café.
The North Wing has been renovated for
seminar and conference use.
Today Hvitträsk is owned by the Finnish State and
the National Board of Antiquities.
Hvitträsk and its lovely English style garden
are surrounded by beautiful nature.
More pics from Hvitträsk here.
We had an excellent dinner at Restaurant Hvitträsk to
celebrate Ronja's 12th birthday (yesterday) and
our 13th anniversary (tomorrow).
This is a necklace I made from an old necklace.
A few years ago I bought a necklace made of African acacia beads.
It was strung on plastic cord and had small wooden
beads at the back and in between the bigger beads.
I restrung it on beading wire and replaced the small
beads at the back with brass chain.
The lampwork beads are from Julsbeads.
I like it a lot!