25. Demolitions and complementary building

Old Rauma, dating from the Middle Ages, has managed to remain a large wooden city area, despite some threats. In 1960s, concrete flat-roof buildings were designed for Old Rauma.  The residents, however, rose to defend their homes, and in 1980, the Rauma Town Council approved a town plan amendment that allowed the protection of the buildings. After the time of prosperity of the late 19th century, the area was left unattended and quietly deteriorated. On the other hand, it survived bombings, and before that, cultural people appreciated its aesthetic appearance. However, the demographic structure changed, and new areas were built and Old Rauma was left to decay. Perhaps it was the energy crisis that woke up the townspeople and made them appreciate the area again. The problems had moved to other parts of the town.

Despite the area’s survival, some parts of Old Rauma have been demolished and some reconstructed. One example of a demolished building is the building called Kaffemylly in the Tolwanen plot, located at the intersection of Kuninkaankatu and Koulukatu. The building was a two-storey square building, shaped like a dice, attached to a gates and fence, with an apartment upstairs.  The building, and the former district courthouse locating in the same plot, were demolished in 1941 to make room for an office building of the Bank of Helsinki. Now, a similar square-shaped building can still be found at Kauppakatu 17 by the Polttla gate, and at Vanhankirkonkatu 16 in Iso-Klupula, where the gate is downstairs and has a window over it.

Similar style can also be found in the details of the new Tawast building at Kuninkaankatu 29, where the house blends in with the cerbside, gate and fence. The old surroundings set strict requirements for new buildings. At best, you can find some references or interplay between the buildings. Every builder, repairer and resident is only a visitor in the old houses. History and different eras are reflected in the houses and streets, making each detail significant.

The demolished house called ‘Kaffemylly’ is shaped like a _______. We wish that conservation would be more deliberate, not a game of chance based on a throw of ________.

Write the word in the poem (19) as well.

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Demolished Kaffemylly house.
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Tawast house in Kuninkaankatu  is modern, but it is fitted into the historic townscape and vernacular architecture.