Developer starts renovation of former KGB building in Tallinn Old Town

27.01.2012, 14:04

Reconstruction works have commenced at the property of Pagari 1 in Tallinn Old Town, to convert the historical building that by 1990s was used by Soviet security forces into 42 luxurious apartments.

According to the developer company Pagari Residence, future residents can expect to move into the renovated apartments by spring of 2013. Before that a 145 square-metre show unit on the fourth floor will be fitted out to showcase the luxurious fittings and quality of materials provided.  The show unit will also be fully furnished to reflect the motto of refined inner city living.

Hindrek Leppsalu, the spokesperson for the developer Pagari Residence, said the project is challenging as it requires strict compliance to heritage conditions.  Oma Ehitaja AS has been awarded the main contract for the project.  “The reconstruction will result in a refurbished facade complemented by high-end finishing that is unique in Tallinn. The building will be restored to its formal glory and initial splendour and will function as a residential property once again,” Leppsalu said, adding that eleven apartments have been sold to date.

The history of Pagari 1 dates back to 1911, when Mr William Tulip, a British citizen, bought three plots in the crossroads of Pagari, Pikk and Lai streets in Tallinn. In 1912, an exquisite apartment and office building, designed by the architect Hans Schmidt, was erected.

From 1920 the building was used by the authorities of the Republic of Estonia and later occupied by Soviet security forces. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the building had functioned as the Estonian Ministry of Interior Affairs.