Kanttila as a historical building
The current building known as Kanttila, standing next to Kuopio’s Snellman Park, is the former home and business of author Minna Canth. The building is named after its famous owner. After Minna’s death Minna Canthin Perilliset Oy (Minna Canth’s Heirs Ltd) continued to operate the business all the way until 1974. Since then, ownership and purpose have varied greatly.
The house has been modified with a rough hand according to the architecture of each era, so there is little left of the 19th century, and the Minna Canth phase. The current appearance of the building is mainly from the transformation phase of 1909-1910 and the changes made in 1930s and 1940s. Indoors, on the other hand, show strongly the transformation phase of the 1970s. It was not until 2003 that the façade was protected.
Kanttila is one of Kuopio’s oldest buildings still in use. It is protected and must not be demolished.