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LöNN, WIVI
(1872 - 1966)
architect
 

Wivi Lönn (1872-1966) was the first woman in Finland to work independently in the field of architecture. Dozens of buildings designed by her in the period 1898-1945 are known about, amongst them several significant public ones. Wivi Lönn introduced to Finnish architecture the ground layer solution, which was based on the so-called hall system. Other architects adopted it from Lönn. She is best known as a designer of schools. Lönn also worked in collaboration with the architect Armas Lindgren.

Wivi Lönn lived in Jyväskylä from 1911 to 1918. Her first piece of work in Jyväskylä was Kuokkala Manor as early as 1904. She also designed the building for the first public school in Jyväskylä, Puistokoulu school in 1912. In addition, Lönn has designed 18 private houses within the borders of the City of Jyväskylä proper as well as buildings in Säynätsalo for the factories of Johan Parviainen. While Lönn was designing them, she made friends with the factory manager's daughter Hanna Parviainen, who later became manager of the factory herself and a well-known and influential person in the region.


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