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Former building of Antanas Gylys Hospital

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In 1931, Miškų Street in the centre of Kaunas was renamed after the important public figure Vladas Putvinskis. During the years of the First Independent Republic of Lithuania, embassies of many countries including the USA, Hungary, Sweden, Argentina, Czechoslovakia, and France were all located here. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also located in a close vicinity, so one can only wonder what kind of secrets are known only to the walls of this quarter.

Today, the street is an important axis of culture in Kaunas, known for its museums, the Kaunas Artists’ House, Vytautas Magnus University, and street art. From here there are routes to Žaliakalnis and Laisvės alėja (Liberty Avenue). A walk along this former avenue of diplomacy is a real treat for those who appreciate Modernist architecture. Let’s look around!

Antanas Gylys, a doctor of psychiatry who studied in Moscow and Munich, taught at Vytautas Magnus University, was a dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, a professor and an active public figure. In 1933, when he left the university, he moved in a new house that was most likely designed by Leonas Ritas.

His apartment was on the fourth floor of the building. On the first three he established an internal medicine and neurology hospital. It was a very well equipped and modern establishment that had the latest technology, modern sanitary ware and even external blinds. Hydrotherapy was performed on the first floor, the second was a reception and the third was the location of an inpatients department. Because of its asceticism, the hospital façade was unique even in the context of V. Putvinskis Street, which was called very modern during the interwar period. The upper floor of the building has a terrace that overlooks the city centre.

This former private hospital forms part of the unique house complex located on V. Putvinskis Street. During the Soviet occupation, the building continued to be run as a medical institution. After the restoration of independence, until 2010, it had a clinic, and then the building was returned to the family of its original owners. Many interior details have survived, which became even more noticeable after the building was restored using private funds. The interwar lift by the Swiss company Schindler still works.

In 2015, the European Commission awarded 44 objects of Modernist interwar architecture in Kaunas the European Heritage Label, among them this building.

Former building of Antanas Gylys Hospital

V. Putvinskio g. 62, Kaunas

In 1931, Miškų Street in the centre of Kaunas was renamed after the important public figure Vladas Putvinskis. During the years of the First Independent Republic of Lithuania, embassies of many countries including the USA, Hungary, Sweden, Argentina, Czechoslovakia, and France were all located here. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also located in a close vicinity, so one can only wonder what kind of secrets are known only to the walls of this quarter.

Today, the street is an important axis of culture in Kaunas, known for its museums, the Kaunas Artists’ House, Vytautas Magnus University, and street art. From here there are routes to Žaliakalnis and Laisvės alėja (Liberty Avenue). A walk along this former avenue of diplomacy is a real treat for those who appreciate Modernist architecture. Let’s look around!

Antanas Gylys, a doctor of psychiatry who studied in Moscow and Munich, taught at Vytautas Magnus University, was a dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, a professor and an active public figure. In 1933, when he left the university, he moved in a new house that was most likely designed by Leonas Ritas.

His apartment was on the fourth floor of the building. On the first three he established an internal medicine and neurology hospital. It was a very well equipped and modern establishment that had the latest technology, modern sanitary ware and even external blinds. Hydrotherapy was performed on the first floor, the second was a reception and the third was the location of an inpatients department. Because of its asceticism, the hospital façade was unique even in the context of V. Putvinskis Street, which was called very modern during the interwar period. The upper floor of the building has a terrace that overlooks the city centre.

This former private hospital forms part of the unique house complex located on V. Putvinskis Street. During the Soviet occupation, the building continued to be run as a medical institution. After the restoration of independence, until 2010, it had a clinic, and then the building was returned to the family of its original owners. Many interior details have survived, which became even more noticeable after the building was restored using private funds. The interwar lift by the Swiss company Schindler still works.

In 2015, the European Commission awarded 44 objects of Modernist interwar architecture in Kaunas the European Heritage Label, among them this building.

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