Built at the start of the 20th century, this mansion is special because it is one of the few remaining examples of wooden early Modern architectural style. K. K. Ekval, owner of a cast iron and mechanical factory, put an unknown (at the time) architect by the name of F. I. Lidval on this project. If you know St. Petersburg’s architectural history, you’ll know that Lidval went on to become a world-famous master of the Modern style and this mansion is considered his first fully realized work.
By 1901 the construction was complete and Ekval was the proud owner of a two-floor mansion decorated with wide windows, stunning ornaments and many other fine details. Today this wooden masterpiece and a monument to Lidval’s early work is empty and does not receive guests.