Florin Summer House, Helsinki

Florin Summer House, Helsinki

The Florin Summer House comes from the private residence of Medical Professor Pehr-Ulrik Florin in Helsinki, located on the corner of Yrjönkatu and Bulevardi Street. The doctor built it in the 1850s. His daughter Jenny inherited the property and lived there until 1911. She then sold the house and donated the gazebo to the Seurasaari Museum.

While the architectural style of the building is not certain, its furnishings, complete with the La Dame du Lac wallpaper, form a lovely Neo-Gothic ensemble. As of 2016, the unique 19th-century French wallpaper covering the walls has been preserved by the National Board of Antiquities' Collection and Conservation Center in Vantaa.

Traditionally, the subject themes of panoramic wallpapers were explorations or antiques. However, in 1825, the Lady of the Lake poem by Sir Walter Scott was so popular in France that the Alsatian wallpaper maker Zuber & Cie decided to create a landscape wallpaper on its theme.

In the early 2010s, it became apparent that the garden pavilion was in a bad shape and had to undergo extensive structural repairs. Eventually restored, it has reopened to the public in its original form. The Florin Summer House can be visited daily during the working hours of the Seurasaari Museum. It is also part of the guided tours running throughout August at 1pm.

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Sight Name: Florin Summer House
Sight Location: Helsinki, Finland (See walking tours in Helsinki)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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