History of the building
The building itself was completed in 1889 and
Svenska Fruntimmersskolan, Swedish school for girls only, was ready to move in to the new, beautiful school house.
This school’s name changed several times over the years,
one name change being to Cygnaeus school 1966,
which name is repeated in one of our cabinets.
Boys were allowed in this school for Swedish speaking pupils in 1966. The last pupils left the school in May 1997.
After renovations and building of the brewery,
the restaurant was opened in January 1998.
The building represents Neo-Renaissance architecture
and is designed by architects L. Lindqvist and F. Granholm. The sources of inspiration were the European, especially
the Italian Renaissance palaces, which structure is repeated in the façade. Inside the building solemnity was accentuated, especially in the assembly hall, entrance hall and staircase.
The school building was restored after Turku Provincial Museum’s
and the National Board of Antiquities and Historical Monuments’
plans, under their supervision. The building’s genuine purpose of
use and nature has been respected as well as possible during the inevitable alteration works.
Brewery Restaurant School is privately owned and run by 4 gentlemen. It´s laid-back atmosphere represents these guys and our staff.
For many of our customers, we are their second living room.
Many customers have been coming over for years. If You want to
enjoy the real local vibe, you should come to see us.
Our second-floor venues are named after historic persons:
Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795) was a Swedish poet and composer who is also known as Sweden’s national poet. In his poems and songs, he was a luscious, life joining proclaimer.
The Bellman hall is suitable for almost any event, besides parties
and meetings, there has for example been arranged weddings,
concerts and public debates. The roof of the hall is particularly beautiful and the tiled stoves and platform for speeches
gives the hall a historical label.
Wilhelmina Gripenberg was a head master at the Swedish School for girls between 1875 to 1893. She was an activist at her time and contributed to the fact that the school was built at its central location in 1889. She was the first head master in this school building. She was the person who insisted on the green play ground that is now
our beer garden. The tall maples that offer shadow in the summer and brilliant colours in the autumn are her legacy still today.
Cygnaeus cabinet on the second floor has got its name from Uno Cygnaeus (1810-1888). He is known as the father of Finland’s elementary school. Though Cygnaeus is known as the developer of the public school system, high class teacher training and the importance of women’s education was of importance him.
He also made handicraft as a mandatory subject in elementary school, which it is still today.
Josef Julius Wecksell (1838-1907) has given the name to the Wecksell room. J. J. Wecksell is considered one of the most talented Swedish speaking Finnish writers, even though only two of his works were officially publiched before his mental health broke at age of 24.
In the Wecksell room one wall is full of old school books from the time the Cygnaeus school operated in the house. Books have been given to us as donations.