House of the Blackheads

House of the Blackheads at dusk.
Early 20th century.

House of the Blackheads (Latvian: Melngalvju nams, German: Schwarzhäupterhaus) is a building situated in the old town of Riga, Latvia.[1] The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga. Major works were done in the years 1580 and 1886, adding most of the ornamentations.

The structure was bombed to a ruin by the Germans June 28, 1941 and the remains demolished by the Soviets in 1948. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999.[2]


  1. "House of Blackheads". Municipal Portal of Riga. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  2. "Website of the Blackheads House". Retrieved 9 October 2013.

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Coordinates: 56°56′50″N 24°06′25″E / 56.94722°N 24.10694°E / 56.94722; 24.10694

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