Abromiškės manor house was built in 1571 but it flourished under the ownership of french origin noble family de Raes (XVIII-XIXth) who transformed it into a cultural centre of the region with rich collections of books and paintings. At the time it was reconstructed in the style of classicism and resulted in a rare synthesis of wooden and brick architecture. While the manor has been seriously damaged over time, this project aims to restore and preserve the wooden part of the building. Works of restoration, preparation of the technical design and installation of utility networks will be carried out within the framework of the project. After the project is implemented, it is planned to establish a guesthouse in the restored building, and use the premises for various cultural and educational events. The improved infrastructure is expected to bring economic benefits to the village by increasing tourism flows, to enrich cultural life in the area and contribute to the local community development.
Summary of project results
Established back in 1571 and situated next to Elektrėnai, the Abromiškės Manor is historically associated with families of Poniatovskiai, Bichovcai, deRaes, Riomeriai and Pliateriai. It stands out for its architectural solutions, i.e. classicism-style wooden central part built in the beginning of the 19th century and masonry wings, added later on. In the 19th century, it was known for its active cultural life and rich collections of books and paintings. Unfortunately, the manor has been seriously damaged over time due to constant turnover of owners, the Soviet period and eventually by fire. The current owners of the manor started reviving the ensemble in order to preserve this valuable cultural heritage object and to adapt it to the needs of local community. Firstly, they restored masonry wings and then initiated a project for restoration of the wooden (central) part for which the support of the programme was granted. Works of restoration and reconstruction, preparation of the technical design and installation of engineering systems were carried out within the framework of the project. Even though the activities implemented completely changed the state of the manor, it is foreseen to take another 4-5 years for its complete revitalization. During the period, it is planned to refurbish internal premises, and establish a guest house and representational halls for different events. The park with ponds surrounding the manor and other buildings of the complex are also to be taken care of.
Summary of bilateral results
Partner from Norway contributed by sharing their experience with community in the areas of asset based rural development and re-purposing of cultural heritage which provided the locals with useful insights and encouraged them to take a fresh look at their living environment.