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ALBERTA STREET

Location: N56° 57` 34.1", E24° 6` 20.56"

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Alberta Street was made in 1900. On the 13th of April, 1900 because of the 700th birthday of Riga it was named Alberta Street in memory of the founder of Riga – Bishop Albert. The street was renamed in name of the young communist Fricis Gailis during the Soviet occupation, Hartknochstrasse during the German occupation and since the 1942 it was renamed Hollanerstrasse. Today this street has been called the pearl of Riga art nouveau although formerly it was evaluated negatively if taken from the architectural meaning.

The buildings on the street are unique waxworks of the ornamentally decorative forms of art nouveau. All these buildings are standing out with unusually rich and saturated plant, mask, figural creation, sphinx, lion, snake, dragon and other animal motives, bend and straight profiles, circle and other geometrical figure accumulation in street façade finishing. In courtyard façades all the houses have unfinished brick walls.

Alberta Street is a pearl of Riga art nouveau – the magnificent and historical art nouveau style buildings are lined though the whole street. Each of these houses are unique achievements of the 20th century construction, and the construction of this city was completed in a relatively short time – from 1901to 1908. Eight buildings from this street have been acknowledged as the architectural monuments of the national interest.

One of the most beautiful streets in Riga has also been named after Bishop Albert. Alberta street is an excellent fantasy flight for the architects – houses with numbers 2., 2a., 4., 6., 7., 11., 12. And 13 have been acknowledged as the architecture monuments of the national interest. Their authors are M.Eizenšteins (No.2;2A;4;6;8), N.Mandelštams (No.10) and K.Pēkšēns (No.12).

Excellent art nouveau architecture examples can be found around Alberta Street. Almost each of the buildings is decorated of figurative sculptures, façades moved forward with balconies, covered with columns and other elements covered with abstract twines in best traditions of art nouveau. The buildings are decorated with iron forgings and excellent art samples are revealed in the interior.