House of the Blackheads is a building situated in the old town of Riga, Latvia. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried merchants, shipowners, and foreigners in Riga. Major works were done in the early 17th century, adding most of the Mannerist ornamentation. The sculptures were made by the workshop of August Volz.
The building was bombed to a ruin by the Germans on June 28, 1941 and the remains were demolished by the Soviets in 1948. It was rebuilt between 1996 and 1999 with funds provided by Valērijs Kargins, the president of Parex Bank. Part of the funds was also donated from all the people who wanted participate in rebuilding process, by joining in event ''I build the House of the Black Heads'', where by donating 5 lats could symbolically put the brick on the wall. There were more than 5000 participants. House of the Black Heads was officially opened in December 9, 1999.
Tue - Sun: 11 am - 5 pm
Open during events.
Official Website http://www.melngalvjunams.lv/
Phone +371 67 18 18 00
Address Ratslaukums 7, Riga, LV- 1050, Latvia
Coordinates 56°56'49.655" N 24°6'24.524" E