Lender villa is an elegant and timeless architectural gem from the first period of Estonian independence. Built in 1925, the house with five apartments has a limestone foundation, double-frame windows and sheet metal roofing with a beautiful triangular gable. The elegant façade of the villa is also adorned with a classical horizontal and vertical wood décor and attractive wooden lace ornaments.
The building was thoroughly and meticulously reconstructed in 2022, stripped to its beams stripped and added new concrete ceilings. The wholehearted renovation pays homage to the Estonian culture and history by restoring the building’s former glory and adding all modern conveniences.
All apartments are fully furnished and stand out for their elegant Scandinavian style and unique layout. Only high-quality and long-lasting materials have been used, for instance, natural oak herringbone flooring and light tones creating a timeless and cosy ambience.
Apartments have been restored according to the plans by interior architect Timo Villak who has made the most of the square metres thanks to skilful use of space, thus giving even the smaller flats their cosy spaciousness.
Lender Villa is surrounded by a private spacious garden providing peace and quiet in every season. There is a lovely flower garden with tall old trees in front of the house. The side facing the street is lined with an elegant picket fence and beautiful thuja hedge adding further privacy and suppressing the noise.
The pedestrian gate is equipped with a modern video intercom system and the pathway leading to the house as well as the parking area for eight cars at the edge of the garden are stylishly lit. There is also a cosy resting area in the garden allowing all residents spend their time outdoors.
As Tallinn grew extensively in the second half of the 19 th century, there was a constant need for new apartments. This was understood also by some of the wealthier Estonian families who decided to build houses with one apartment for their own family and others for rent. Such wooden buildings with pretty green garden areas were designed in Voldemar Lender’s office and this has also given the name to Lender Villa.
Voldemar Lender (1876-1939) was an Estonian engineer who studied at the Institute of Technology in St Petersburg. He was elected a city councillor in 1904, worked as the mayor of Tallinn and the leader of the construction department of the city government in 1906-1913. He had a construction office in 1903-1914 and he was a member of the supervisory board of Harju Bank in 1919-1925.