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Espoo Cultural Centre at Tapiola.

On Saturday, the following day, we explored the environs of Helsinki including Tapiola and Hvitträsk. Tapiola as a part of Espoo was already developing as a sustainable planned new town.  Hvitträsk was built in 1903 as a home and studio by four Finnish architects, including Eliel Saarinen. It was the boyhood home of his son, Eero Saarinen, who would design the TWA Flight Center at JFK and Dulles International Airport.

That night was our train to Leningrad. (The train departed from Helsinki Station, designed by Eliel Saarinen.)

The Soviet Railways (SZD) train backed down to the platform, very mysterious looking it was. The sleeping car had compartments for four passengers, each with two bunkbeds and a table at the window. A corridor ran down one side of the car. Along the corridor were round jump seats at the windows. The conductor sat at one end of the car and kept an eye on the corridor. After we had departed, he collected our passports and customs and currency declarations and took them back to his post.

I thought about the stories I'd heard of the Russian floor wardens on each floor of the hotels. On the other hand, it was not so different from the sight of an American conductor working on his ticket lifts from the preceding day.

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Espoo Cultural Centre at Tapiola.
Espoo Cultural Centre at Tapiola.
Hvitträsk
Hvitträsk
Hvitträsk interior
Hvitträsk interior
Hvitträsk
Hvitträsk
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photo by: portia