Muistan ison ja sokkeloisen Onnelan hovin, jota asutti kummisetäni Eino, yksinkertainen ja vähän hullu vanhapoika. Rakennus oli melko räjähtänyt, mutta kiihotti meidän lasten mielikuvitusta. Minusta hovi puistoineen oli kappale kauneinta Karjalaa: mahtavat vaahterat, huvilan pitsileikkaukset ja lasikuistin pikkuruutujen värikkäät lasit. Einon mansikka- ja vadelmamaat olivat naapuruston parhaiten hoidetut. Eino maksoi meille poimijoille paremman litraliksan kuin meidän äiti ja osti aina Buttenhoffin herkkuviinerit lisäksi. Hän oli sulaa vahaa käsissäni.
Kun Einon voimat hiipuivat, huvila rapistui entisestään ja viljelyt jäivät. Kaupunki luokitteli Vuokselle katsovat maat puistoalueiksi ja anasti ne puoli-ilmaiseksi ja kaavoitti ne kohta luksustonteiksi, joille paikkakunnan silmäätekevät rakennuttivat hulppeat talonsa.
I remember the big and labyrinthine Court of Onnela, inhabited by my godfather Eino, a simple and a little crazy single man.The building was a wreck, but it aroused the imagination of us children.I think the villa with its park was a piece of the most beautiful Karelia: the magnificent maples, the wooden lace cuts of the villa and the colorful small squares of the glass porch.Eino’s strawberry and raspberry lands were the best maintained in the neighborhood. Eino offered us berry pickers a better price per liter than my mother and always bought Buttenhoff’s delicacies in addition.He was melted wax in my hands.
As Eino's strength waned, the villa deteriorated further and the lands were left with no care.The city classified the lands overlooking the River Vuoksi as park areas and grabbed them semi-free and soon zoned them as luxury lots on which the big bosses of the locality built their lavish houses.
Louhisaari Manor is a historic baroque manor in Askainen in the municipality of Masku. The mansion is the birthplace and childhood home of Carl Gustaf Mannerheim (1867-1951). The house is a fine and rare example of a Palladian-style country house in Finland. During the restoration of the 1960s, the exterior was restored back to its 17th century style as much as possible. The house is surrounded by a park in English landscape style.
Mannerheim is our heroe. He was born in Louhisaari, but had to move out at the age of 13 after his father left the family & the seven children and moved to live with his mistress to Paris in 1880. Mannerheim's maternal uncle became his legal guardian and financier of his later schooling. The Russian Empire dominated the Grand Duchy of Finland before 1917, and Mannerheim made a career in the Imperial Russian Army. When Finland declared independent in 1917, he served as the military leader of the Whites in the Finnish Civil War of 1918 and as commander-in-chief of Finland's defence forces during the period of World War IIand as the sixth president of Finland (1944–1946).
The Mannerheim equestrian monument in the heart of Helsinki was sculptured by Aimo Tukiainen
and was unveiled on June 4, 1960, on the Marshal's birthday.The bronze cast cavalry
is 5.4 meters high and stands on a 6.3-meter-high red granite pedestal,
so the monument has a total height of almost 12 meters.
In the park there was this beautiful scale model.
We visited the manor in the summer and were pretty much the only visitors.
It was very interesting to stroll around this impressive historique building.