Photographer's Note

Kurhaus(building on the right) in Haapsalu.

Kurhauses were built to almost every city in Estonia, where people used to spend their summer holidays, but the one in the city Haapsalu is unique, because it is the only one, which has not been re-built.

The idea to build a kurhaus on the Haapsalu coastline came up in the year 1886. Eleven years later Haapsalu Horticulture Club ordered a detailed planning for Haapsalu Kuursaal from the state architect Otto Knüpfer. It was long thought that the building itself was finished in 1905, but latest discoveries show that our building stands on the Haapsalu coastline since 1898. The building was built almost into the sea.

Kuursaal with its outdoors bandstand was the centre of summer holidays in Haapsalu in the beginning of 20th century. Orchestra played there twice a day, musicans came from Tallinn... - it was the place where people met.

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