Baltic-German Architects in Estonia: Ernst Kühnert

Author: Karin Hallas-Murula
Designer: Liina Siib
Copy-editor: Siiri Soidro
German translation: Sigrid Parts
German summary
Tallinn, 2010

Out of print.

The publication provides a thorough overview of the works of outstanding Baltic-German architect Ernst Gustav Kühnert, who was active primarily in Tallinn. Kühnert, who was a history enthusiast, adapted many buildings in Tallinn’s Old Town for the present-day (Pikk 4/6/8, Pikk 10, St. Olaf’s Guildhouse, etc.), and was an active restorer of churches and other sites under heritage protection. Kühnert lived at the start of Süda St, where his father planted a Ginkgo tree that has been immortalised in Tallinn cultural history. During the early 1930s, Kühnert experimented with more modern architecture, designing the Rakvere German Schoolhouse. He was also a planner of the Merivälja and Klooga garden suburbs, as well as one of the authors of the Nõmme expansion plan. The book includes many previously-unpublished projects and photos.