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This style, which at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century referred both to architecture and other fields of art, dominated in Riga for a short time, however, it left behind extraordinary colorful architectural examples. This coincided with the period when construction of high-rise residential buildings boomed in Riga and organically found a place in the architecture of Riga. Art Nouveau emerged in response to previous styles, especially to Eclectics, which required following particular historical styles. In contrast, Art Nouveau stresses a complete creative freedom, an expressive flight of fantasy with a tendency to show all utilitarian construction elements as artistic value. Characteristic features of Art Nouveau - sinuous lines, geometrical ornaments – divided into two main directions in Riga: decorative and romantic nationalistic Art Nouveau. Latvian architects, representatives of romantic nationalism, were E. Laube, K. Pēkšēns, A. Vanags, who created unique examples of national architecture (Tērbatas Street 15/17, Brīvības Street 47; 58; 62). Most characteristic examples of decorative Art Nouveau are buildings in Alberta Street constructed by M. Eizenšteins.
Alberta Street is considered as the epitome of Art Nouveau in Riga. Each house is a different and unique construction achievement from the beginning of 20th century. Nowhere else in Riga will you observe so expressive and concentrated flights of architectural fantasy. Buildings No. 2, 2a, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12 and 13 in Alberta Street are recognized as National Architectural Monuments. Excellent buildings are on Elizabetes Street 33 and on Strēlnieku Street 4A, which in addition has been perfectly renovated.

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