About

Winter Garden dates back to 1893 and was one of the first continental attractions in Helsinki.

The construction was funded by Jakob Julius af Lindfors. He donated Winter Garden to the Finnish Garden Association. The garden opened to the public in October 1893. The Winter Garden was practically the only attraction in Helsinki, so it became very popular. Lindfors stipulated that the Winter Garden must always remain free of charge to the public.

The Winter Garden was designed by Gustaf Nyström (1856–1917) and inspired by London’s Crystal Palace from 1851, which started the trend for steel construction for halls and greenhouses. Nyström was commissioned to design the Winter Garden in between construction of the greenhouses at Kaisaniemi, which were built in 1889 and 1896. The main difference between these projects is that the greenhouses in Kaisaniemi were based on existing foundations from 1830 and the neighbouring greenhouses, whereas the Winter Garden was designed from scratch.

Source: City of Helsinki

Location

Hammarskjöldintie 1, Helsinki
60.1861297, 24.9316604

Images

The rose garden, Winter Garden
The rose garden, Winter Garden (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
The main façade, Winter Garden
The main façade, Winter Garden (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
Winter Garden
Winter Garden (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
The interior, Winter Garden
The interior, Winter Garden (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
The interior, Winter Garden
The interior, Winter Garden (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
The fountain, Winter Garden
The fountain, Winter Garden (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
The interior, Winter Garden
The interior, Winter Garden (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
Main facade in the 1920s, Winter Garden
Main facade in the 1920s, Winter Garden (© Foto Roos / HKM)
The rose garden in front of the Winter Garden in the 1920s, Winter Garden
The rose garden in front of the Winter Garden in the 1920s, Winter Garden (© Foto Roos / HKM)
Winter Garden in the 1930s, Winter Garden
Winter Garden in the 1930s, Winter Garden (© Hanna Tyvelä)
Winter Garden in the 1890s, Winter Garden
Winter Garden in the 1890s, Winter Garden (© HKM)