Town Hall in Tallinn
This is the winner of a Medal
The only surviving Gothic town-hall in Northern Europe, it dates back to the 13th c., having acquired its present appearance in 1404. The fifty year restoration came to its final stage in 1999-2004, when the aim was to improve the conditions for preservation.
The protective conservation of the limestone constituted the main part of the works. Synthetic finishing materials were replaced with authentic natural ones in the interior rooms; unique 16th c. paintings were conserved; the attic was cleared of rubble. The building was opened to the public as a museum and for concerts and receptions. An observation platform was created in the tower which was also opened to the public.
“For the revival of the last surviving Gothic Town Hall in Northern Europe and the exemplary revealing of all the historical layers of this icon of the great European tradition of municipal power.”