We visited Kruunuvuori in East Helsinki a few weeks back. It is a perfect looking area containing villas dating back to the 19th century. The thing is, that these luxurious buildings have been left to rot on purpose in the 1960’s.
The area has had many owners in 20th century – also foreign ones such as German and Soviet ownership but the cause for the current state of the Kruuvuvuori’s buildings and gardens are not due to foreign politics or war.
It was in 1955 when a Finnish business man bought Kruunuvuori and it’s villas and made big plans with his architech to create a suburb for 2300 inhabitants but the plans were never accepted and a building ban was declared to the area by authorities. He then decided to leave the place alone.. and stopped taking care of the beautiful buildings.
Since that the houses have been rotting away except for one by the shore which could still a have chance to be restored.
Walking there nowadays is a quite thrilling experience. When entering the area we passed a small pond and could imagine people enjoying their time and having a picnic on it’s banks. The villas have also seemingly been cozy places to live and spend summer holidays.
Some houses still have furniture, newspapers, pots and pans inside and even shoes and clothing can be found in the area. Garden plants have gone wild and nature is slowly consuming the walls and roofs of these once beautiful villas.
Sadly a few houses have been burnt down in recent years and the future of the area is uncertain in general. A large construction site is just next to Kruunuvuori at the moment and it is just a matter of time when this historic and exciting place will be bulldozed down.
If you have chance, go and visit the place while you still can. :)