History of Håkansböle, part II

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The price of grain had risen towards the end of the eighteenth century. As a result, the nobility began to see estate management and the development of farming as a respectable pastime. They now moved to live in their manors. It soon became fashionable to build lavish manor houses and furnish them at great expense.

Håkansbölen kartanon vanha kaksikerroksinen päärakennus.

The main building in the 1890s. In the foreground is the Alphyddan, or alpine hut, which was modelled on the laundry building during the Munsterhjelm’s time (since demolished).
Photo: Vantaa City Museum


A.L. Munsterhjelm as owner, 1838-1878 

In the eighteenth century, manors hardly differed from wealthy peasant houses. Even in the early-nineteenth century there was a single-storey farmhouse painted with red ochre at Håkansböle. In 1838 the estate was purchased by Lieutenant Colonel Anders Lorentz Munsterhjelm. He soon had a new manor house built. It was designed by Anders Fredrik Granstedt, who had received his architectural training from Carl Ludvig Engel, best known for the buildings surrounding Helsinki’s Senate Square.

Stylistically, the two-storey manor house represented early nineteenth-century neoclassicism. It was built of timber but the horizontal panelling and the classical decorative motifs of its façade gave it the appearance of a stone building


A view of the Håkansböle manor area from around the turn of the twentieth century. Further back on the right is the old manor house, which was built between 1842 and 1844. The manor’s laundry building is in the centre. The pale building on the left is the manor’s granary.
​​​​Photo: Vantaa City Museum 

During the Munsterhjelms’ occupancy, a number of outbuildings were constructed: the steward’s house, the bakehouse, a building for wood carving, the craft room, the laundry building with a mangling room, the granary, the stable, the wagon shed, the cattle barn and the drying barn. The park was enlarged and remodelled as an English landscape garden.


The oak-lined avenue leading from the manor house to Kartanontie, the road running in front of the manor house. According to family legend, the oaks were planted by Countess Munsterhjelm in the 1850s. 
Photo: Pekka J. Heiskanen, Vantaa City Museum 

Zilliacus and Andelin, 1878–1905 

Lieutenant Colonel Munsterhjelm sold the manor within the family circle in 1878. It was bought by a student of law, Konni Zilliacus (1855–1924), the husband of Munsterhjelm’s stepdaughter, Countess Lovisa Ehrnooth. 

Zilliacus was particularly interested in horses. The manor’s bookkeeping from this time has many entries about work horses and riding horses, as well as dogs and boots. Zilliacus had a state-of-the-art stable built for his horses near the main building. 


Children giving way to a farmhand leading a foal by the halter, 1920s. In the background is the stable built for Zilliacus. 
Photo: Vantaa City Museum 

Zilliacus sold the manor in 1884. It was once again bought by a relative, Oscar Andelin (1840-1905), the husband of Munsterhjelm’s second daughter, Aline. During that time, the size of the estate was 900 hectares, 175 hectares of which were cultivated. 

Andelin left active military service in 1890 and could now focus on managing the estate. Despite having no previous experience, he was successful in his endeavour. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the manor house was renovated and painted with yellow ochre.  

Oscar Andelin died in 1905, after which his heirs sold the manor to Arvid and Emilia Sanmark, who was Munsterhjelm’s granddaughter. 

The source material for this blog is Elina Riksman’s book Håkansbölen kartanossa - På Håkansböle gård (‘At the Håkansböle Manor’). 

The blog was translated by English students Kim Keskiivari, Niko Närvä, Milla Partonen, Pilvi Pietikäinen, Pilke Valta, Luukas Viitanen, Sara Vuoni and Camilla Ylikoski, under the supervision of John Calton, lecturer in English, University of Helsinki.


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