HISTORY OF THE KANTTILA FROM THE 18TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT DAY
THE YEARS MINNA CANTH LIVED IN KANTTILA
The House of Minna Canth (1844 – 1897) is located in the center of Kuopio, next to Snellman park and only a 5 min walk from Kuopio market place. The building, also known by the name Kanttila, is a valuable part of Kuopio’s cultural history. It was home to Minna Canth and a meeting place where equality was defended.
In Kanttila she ran a drapers´shop and general merchandise and hosted her famous cultural salon, which was visited by many cultural figures Juhani Aho and Jean Sibelius. After Minna’s death, Minna Canthin Perilliset Oy continued its business activities until 1974. Since then, ownership and use have varied greatly. The house has been roughly modified according to the architecture of each period. It was not until 2003 that the facade was protected.