Wagner hall to be refitted into a concert venue for €20m

After an unsuccessful tender for developing the Old Rīga concert hall that was once the work place of a young Richard Wagner, the government has decided to invest €20m into the building to fit it for the needs of the state-owned Latvijas koncerti entertainment company.

The sum does not include soundproofing expenses and the money needed to install instruments and ensure easy transport access to the building.

There were two tenders open for renting the Wagner Hall, a historic building located appropriately enough on Wagner street, which has fallen into a state of sad repair.

The state wanted would-be tenants to pay about €2,000 in rent and preserve the cultural functions of the building, and that no-one applied was no surprise as industry experts had said so much to Latvian Radio earlier.

Currently, the house built in 1782 by the architect Christopher Haberland under the direction of the philanthropic Baron Vietinghoff is in a poor condition and has been closed for nearly a decade. The houses are managed by the State Real Estate Agency, but its future is uncertain. Despite its amazing history and cultural potential, its renewal is not a priority for any of the institutions involved. 

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