Riga's Jugendstil GrandeurNo. 7 Alberta iela
We suspect that No. 7 has been fully restored since last we visited, we found an apartment listing, 4th floor, with an asking price of 525,000 euros. This is yet another example of Alberta iela's eclectic style, this in more of a neo-Renaissance style with hints of Jugendstil, the work of architect Hermann Otto Hilbig.
Hilbig was born in 1860 in Krefeld, Germany—Krefeld is on the left bank of the Rhine, north of Dusseldorf. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic Institute in Riga 1877-81 and began his career as a freelance architect in Riga in 1884. In independent Latvia he returned to his alma mater (1918) as a professor in structural theory. He worked on a wide range of buildings, from houses to factories to St. Paul's Church (1887) and remodeled Old Riga's Powder Tower (1892).
Updated: November, 2013
|Information at the BALTISCHES BIOGRAPHISCHES LEXIKON digital, www.bbl-digital.de/eintrag/Hilbig-Hermann-Otto-1860-None/|