10/13/2014 07:56 pm ET Updated Oct 14, 2014

Step Inside Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto’s Vyborg Library : Architectural Digest

When Alvar Aalto’s Vyborg Library was completed in 1935, the land it sat on was Finnish. A few years later, after World War II, Vyborg and the surrounding Karelian region became part of the Soviet Union. Several decades later, in 1991, it became part of the Russian Federation. Despite the changing of hands, a World War, and a decade when it lay abandoned, the structure held up relatively well. The library was rebuilt under the Soviet Union between 1955 and 1962, and a second restoration begun in 1994, which was led by the Finnish Committee for the restoration of Viipuri Library.

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