Kosola House, which is located at the very centre of Lapua town on the River Lapuanjoki, is being developed as a visitor centre that showcases the cultural heritage of Southern Ostrobothnia.
The house has had an exceptionally colourful history going back to the 18th century. The elements of its story include ‘war and peace, strong entrepreneurs and educators, knife crime and sheriffs, the youth association movement and emigration to America, strong farming traditions, local religious movements, a rebellious spirit and influential characters, recruiters of soldiers for the German army and the nationalist Lapua movement.
Pre-booked groups can enjoy a tour of the two-storey house and an introduction to its history led by expert guides.
Large-scale renovations of the house started in 2020 and have now been completed as far as the tavern is concerned; it now houses a café and restaurant serving pre-booked groups. The catering services are provided by the award-winning Juurella restaurant, which specialises in local foods. There is seating for 63 to 80 customers downstairs and for 15 in the private room upstairs.
The facilities can also be rented for meetings and family occasions. We additionally organise open days and events in which individual visitors can also reserve places. As additional facilities are completed, we are planning to organise exhibitions and open a small shop.
Our motto: “Heritage is authentic and viable when it has its roots in the past, living space in the present, and potential in the future.”
SURROUNDINGS AND ACTIVITIES
Kosola House and its close surroundings are part of the nationally valuable cultural environment of Lapua Cathedral.
While the outdoor areas are today still largely occupied by the renovation site and parking areas, they will be gradually landscaped and greened up. From the garden on the riverbank you can enjoy a view of the church on the opposite side of the rider.
Activities in Kosola House:
For pre-booked groups, story-telling tours with themes relating to the history of Southern Ostrobothnia and Kosola House, including:
- Finland’s Wild West (criminal gangs and sheriffs)
- Finland’s turbulent years (history of recruitment of jaegers, or volunteers in the German army, and Lapua Movement)
- Spiritual life
- General introduction to the house and its story
- Kosola House as a building heritage site (incl. repair techniques and building history)
Guidance for thematic bus tours of the local area (bus not provided) can also be booked: Time travel to Ostrobothnian houses or Historical tour of the River Kyrönjoki.
More information about activities and prices.
Sights in the local area:
- Lapua Cathedral designed by C.L. Engel in 1827, 0.1 km
- Jokilaakso Tourism Garden 0.3 km
- Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku 0.9 km: former cartridge factory that today houses an art museum, gallery, photography museum, lunch restaurant, café and craft shop of Lapuan Kankurit.
- For more information on sights in the local area, visit the website of Kosola House and Lapua tourism website.
- Bus: Lapua Travel Centre 0.4 km. For timetables, visit Härmän Liikenne and Matkahuolto
- Train: Lapua railway station 0.5 km. Lapua is on the main rail line from Helsinki to Oulu, and trains stop here a number of times a day.
- Motorists/cyclists: Follow signposts to the centre of Lapua town. Kosola House is a large red traditional building close to Lapua Cathedral, which is a good landmark by the bridge on the opposite side of the river.
OPENING TIMES AND PRICES
- Open: round the year (booking required)
- Prices: please enquire or visit Kosola’s website.
OUR ACTIONS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
- Any new materials used in renovations are mainly traditional, sustainable, natural, sanitary and repairable, such as no-glue, solid timber logs and planks, porous wood fibre panel, plastic-free sealing paper and wallpaper, cardboard for wall cladding, linen ribbon, clay, ceramic tiles and ecological, non-toxic heritage paints.
- We recycle building components and reuse stone, doors, skirting boards and floor planks obtained on demolition sites.
- We inform our visitors about ecological materials and the techniques for repairing and maintaining old buildings: in our tourism services, we talk about the renovations of the house and its significance for a sustainable way of living and the environmental impacts of construction.
- We use EKOenergia electricity fully produced with wind power.
- Kosola House Responsability Report.
- When renovating the house, we respect and bolster the unique character of the cultural landscape in Lapua and Southern Ostrobothnia.
- Renovation and tourism activities prove that building heritage is a resource, competitive factor and attraction in many senses. At the same time, we initiate discussions about societal phenomena that impact the preservation and loss of building heritage as well as future construction solutions.
- Our services and products are primarily based on local cultural history and heritage. We also use as many traditional pieces of furniture and textiles of old Ostrobothnian houses for interior decoration as possible.
- Our goal is to maintain and uphold local values and the unique cultural features of the area, making it possible to preserve them and pass them on to future generations.
- We are developing craft-related tourism activities and small-scale exhibitions themed on the region’s cultural history.
- We are also planning an exhibition of natural construction as well as a small library focusing on building heritage and heritage construction.