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When a building is surrounded by trees it is often best photographed when there are no leaves in the trees to block the view. This applies also to the Sinebrychoff villa in Espoo. My main upload is however a photo taken in last September. In WS1 you can see the villa in a sunny March day from a little longer distance.

The Sinebrychoff villa was designed by architect Karl August Wrede for commercial counsellor Nicolas Sinebrychoff (1856-1896) in Neo-Renaissance style. The villa was built into Karhusaari cape, which was split up from the Hagalund mansion. On the same sea front there was also built a class walled gazebo, a sauna and a boat house. The houses for servants and outbuildings were placed on the western side of the main building. The villa with its associated buildings were built in 1888-1992. Karhusaari formed a small self-contained estate. In WS2 you can see the house of the servants.

Nicolas Sinebrychoff was able to enjoy the villa only a few years. At that time big parties were arranged. For the parties a sledge road was leading from the city Helsinki over the ice and it was lit by candle lanterns. Anna Sinebrychoff, Nicolas' widow, spent all summers to the end of her life (1944) in the villa and maintained there many traditions belonging to the entertainment life of the early 20th century.

Nowadays the villa is owned by city Espoo and it serves as an art centre and it is also used for cultural events, seminars, meetings and celebrations.

You can see from the map that the villa is located right next to "Länsiväylä", the motorway leading westwards from Helsinki. The villa is only 500 metres from the border of Helsinki. You can see the villa viewed from the motor way in a Google street view.

The Sinebrychoff family was very important in the Finnish industry and cultural history. It all started when Nikolai Sinebrychoff (1789-1848) founded a brewery in Helsinki in 1819. Many cultural institutions received support from the Sinebrychoffs. One significant result of their cultural activities is the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, originally a big private collection, but donated by the family to the Finnish state in 1921. You can view a virtual publication of "The Sinebrychoffs" here.

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