Buildings and legends - stories about historical heritage
SJSC “State Real Estate” (SRE) is the largest manager of Latvia’s greatest assets – land and buildings. Land and cultural heritage, old and modern buildings, state border and customs infrastructure – all of these are national treasures for the people of Latvia. One of our top priorities is to preserve and enhance the cultural heritage by renovating significantly valuable buildings. While in the renovation process for the first time we have made and published video series (available on YouTube) for each building per episode. So far 2 episodes have been released telling about the past, present and future of Dailes theatre and Museum of Literature and Music which both play imporant role in Latvia's cultural heritage. Daile Theater - a theater with the brightest history of directing theater in Latvian culture, the style of which was formed by its founding actor and director Eduards Smiļģis. The Daile Theater was opened on November 19, 1920. Currently, Daile Theater is the largest professional repertoire theater in Latvia with three stages, attracting a wide audience. The year 1925 is considered to be the year of foundation of the Museum of Literature and Music. It holds important evidence of the contribution of Latvia's most significant and important scholars to the world of literature and music. The architecture of the building preserves the layers of culture from different times – changing the rooms, their layout and functionality accordingly to what was needed at the time. The aim of the project is to renovate the historic building at Mārstaļu iela 6 and adapt it to the needs of the Literature and Music Museum (LMM), making it more accessible to both domestic and foreign visitors. The unique historical values of the house will be integrated into the museum premises, while the worthless layers and partitions built in recent decades will be dismantled. The facade of the building will be renovated, engineering systems will be rebuilt, an event room with exposed historical structures will be created in the attic that has not been used for a long time, and an lift will be installed in the building, which will allow people with disabilities to visit the museum. The curved stairs, wooden panels, parquet and doors of the house will also be polished, and the historic brick vault will be exhibited in the basement. The small management building in the yard will retain its warehouse function after the restoration. In turn, the courtyard will be a great place for visitors. It is planned to restore the former painting of the artist Helena Hearthstone on the courtyard wall, removing it from the layering.