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The Houses, Homes and Occupants


Venny Soldan-Brofeldt and Juhani Aho rented the villa in 1897, and it was used by the family up until 1911. Owned by the City of Järvenpää, the house is today a museum and gallery and hosts an art school.

Juhani Aho (1861–1921)
Venny Soldan-Brofeldt (1863–1945)

Heikki (b. 1895)
Antti (b. 1900)

Pekka Halonen’s studio house was completed in 1902, and the artist and his family lived there until his death in 1933. Today, the renovated building is a museum.

Pekka Halonen (1865–1933)
Maija (Maria) née Mäkinen (1873–1944)

Yrjö (b. 1896)
Anni (b. 1898)
Erkki (b. 1902)
Antti (b. 1903)
Marja (b. 1904)
Elina (b. 1906)
Sakari (b. 1910)
Kaija (b. 1918)

Eero Järnefelt built the house in 1901 and lived there with his family until 1917, after which it served as a summer home. The house remains in private use.

Eero (Erik) Järnefelt (1863–1937)
Saimi née Swan (1867–1944)

Heikki (b. 1891)
Leena (b. 1897)
Sara (b. 1903)
Laura (b. 1904)
Olai (b. 1906)

Ainola was completed in 1904, and Aino and Jean lived there to the end of their lives. The home is today a museum.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Aino née Järnefelt (1871–1969)

Eva (b. 1893)
Ruth (b. 1894)
Kirsti (1898–1900)
Katarina (b. 1903)
Margareta (b. 1908)
Heidi (b. 1911)

The house of J. H. Erkko was completed in 1902, and the poet lived there for the five years preceding his death. Today the Erkkola Artists’ Home is open to the public as a venue for cultural events.

Johan Henrik Erkko (1849–1906)

The Ahos rented a villa in Ristinummi for Venny Soldan-Brofeldt’s sister Tilly. She hosted a children’s summer camp there. The house was abandoned when the Ahos moved to Helsinki.

Tilly Soldan (1873–1931)

Nils Björn (b. 1902)