Wooden Mezzanine House in Užupis, Vilnius: Gains and Losses of the Restoration Process


  • Giedrė Filipavičienė




wooden architecture, carpenter, woodwork, decor, architect, restoration


The article presents an overview of the course of conservation work on the house at 52 Polocko Street – one of the most beautiful wooden houses in Vilnius – and its adaptation for the Museum of Urban Wooden Architecture. It describes the steps taken before the restoration of the building, including the strategic decision-making and fundraising activity, as well as the search for the function to be served by the house. The article also reviews the applied research efforts, proposed solutions, and the analysis of issues faced and addressed in the process of the restoration and adaptation.

Author Biography

Giedrė Filipavičienė

is an architect-restorer and a certified specialist in cultural heritage protection. Until 2021 Giedrė taught a course in urban heritage protection, scientific research and restoration of historic interiors at Vilnius Academy of Arts, supervised master’s students, and reviewed graduation work. Giedrė started work in the field of architectural restoration in 1973 at the Institute of Monument Conservation, where she worked until 2002. Later, she worked at the Cultural Heritage division of Vilnius City Municipality Administration and the state company Lietuvos paminklai.

Most of her creative activity consists of the conservation and management plans of historical cities and projects for the restoration and adaptation of cultural heritage buildings. Her main projects include the Trakai Old Town regeneration plan, Vilnius Old Town protection regulations, the strategy for the preservation of Vilnius wooden architecture, the restoration project of Užutrakis Manor, and the Trakai Peninsular Castle restoration and actualization project.

Wall painting in the church of Saint Leonard in Mala Ligonja (Slovenia), fragment. Photo by Eva Marija Fras, 2020




How to Cite

Filipavičienė, G. (2023). Wooden Mezzanine House in Užupis, Vilnius: Gains and Losses of the Restoration Process. Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, (108), 192–220. https://doi.org/10.37522/aaav.108.2023.155