Please note: The House of the Blackheads is currently closed to drop-in visitors in preparation of an upcoming exhibition. It reopened for private events in September 2016, after serving as the temporary presidential residence for four years.
The House of the Blackheads in Riga’s old town dates back to 1334 and has been called one of the grandest buildings in the city. Originally built for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga, the Gothic building with a Dutch Renaissance facade now functions as a venue for concerts, exhibitions, and festive events, and welcomes passersby through its doors. Inside, you'll find magnificent crystal chandeliers, a painted ceiling above the conference hall, and exact replicas of 19th-century chairs and sofas. Outside, you'll find the perfect backdrop for a photo.
The House of the Blackheads has been rebuilt on several occasions, most recently in the '90s after being completely destroyed during World War II, fulfilling the words engraved above the entrance: “should I ever crumble to dust, rebuild my walls you must!”
The House of the Blackheads sits on Riga’s town square, within easy walking distance of many central Riga hotels.