The birth of the Halonen's harmonium factory
Let’s go back in time to 1910. A characterful style, handmade items and simple shapes are on the rise thanks to the Arts & Crafts movement. The Arts & Crafts idiom has found its way to Central Finland. The fantastic old buildings contain depth, history, and lifelong memories.
Harmoonitehdas’ attractive brick and wooden-framed structure represents the romantic nationalist art nouveau style of architecture, which is rare in the region. The building was designed by Antti Halonen, the brother of one of the organ factory’s founders, organ master Aapeli Halonen.
Aapeli Halonen (1863-1928) himself was an upstanding citizen who led the firefighters’ choir and sang in Male Choir Sirkat. His spouse Ida participated even more in the municipality’s cultural and non-profit activities. The whole second floor of the large building was designed for residential use. Of course, Aapeli lived there with his family, as did his children and their families, right up until the early 1960s.