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Frosterus & Gripenberg

Brick frame, plastered facade

Gripenberg (2) 1993 (13) 1992 (7) Lotta (13) Sortavala (112) Sortavala Institute of Business and Economy (1) Vetterstrand (2) Laatokanlinna (1) Frosterus (2) 1919 (24) Civil Guard (1) 1931 (22) College (7) K. Raunio (1) Kymölä (9) Svärd (12) P. Vetterstrand (1) Sortavala College (1) Classicism (1)


The Sortavala Civil Guard building was completed in Sarjolankatu, Kymölä, in 1931. The town would have granted the civil guard a free plot, but the plan fell through due to requirement of a 600 person assembly hall set by the town administration. In the end, the local Civil Guard District purchased its own plot, where the Civil Guard building was constructed according to designs by the Helsinki architectural firm Frosterus & Gripenberg. The building represents the classicism of the 1920s. After its completion, the Civil Guard building was in active use and was also rented to others. The office of the Lotta Svärd organisation's local chapter was also located in Laatokanlinna. Commanding officers of the local Civil Guard District, such as K. Raunio, were accommodated in a wooden house designed by P. Vetterstrand completed in the same plot in 1919.
A commercial college training professionals for the food sector began its operations in Laatokanlinna in 1956. The teaching of business subjects began in 1992. One year later, the commercial college was transferred under the Ministry of Education and Youth of the Republic of Karelia. In 1994, the institute trained professionals in accounting, and offered degrees in law (1993) and marketing and sales (1994) via distance education. The institute was renamed the School of Business and Economy in 1998. Education in hotel services was begun in 2003, and a couple of years later the name was changed again, now to the Sortavala Institute of Business and Economy, a medium-level vocational institute. In 2009, the institute merged with the Sortavala Agricultural School, and the new medium-level vocational institute was called the Sortavala College.

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