Nuutajärvi Glass Factory

Urjala, Finland

The oldest factory of Nuutajärvi Glass was founded in 1793, and it is the oldest glass factory in Finland that is still in function. It was founded by the local manor owners, Jakob Wilhelm de Pont and Harald Furuhjelm who were granted to manufacture window glass and other glass products.

Johan Agapetus Törngren bought the manor and glass factory in 1843. His son Adolf Törngren extended Nuutajärvi production strongly in the 1850s and for example hired Belgian and French experts to increase the quality of glass. He also restructured the factory site and other buildings to a uniform ensemble.

Today Nuutajärvi factory site is still one of the most well-preserved industrial milieus in Finland representing the solid Neo-renaissance architecture style. The oldest buildings are the bell tower from the 18th century and the empire style manor house built in 1822. Worker huts have been built between 1860s and 1940s.

Nowadays the factory produces famous Finnish art glass. For instance, the birds of Oiva Toikka are made in Nuutajärvi. Nuutajärvi Glass Village is a popular tourist attraction with over 100 000 visitors yearly. It provides restaurant, conference and accomodation services. Guided tours are also available.

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Details

Founded: 1793
Category: Industrial sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

Rating

4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Chandru Actionvoip (9 months ago)
Didn't get chance to check the museum. But the coffee shop and little expo of glass product was good
Manu Kemppainen (9 months ago)
Iittala glass outlet and store together with Fiskars equipments - mainly kitchen and garden. Sometimes this place have nice findings - e.g. Aalto vases with good price. Not too often though.
A I (15 months ago)
A good get away from city busy life good for Sunday, this factory been running since 1793 , so in fact it is a piece of history. What a wonderful place and how different glass artisan put there efforts in making beautiful glad, ceramic and China clay items. Brilliant simply brilliant.
Mike Shepherdson (2 years ago)
Nice and quite different way of life
Ralph Capper (3 years ago)
If you like glass, this is interesting. Some *very* expensive items in here, makes a man nervous to walk around with a backpack on.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Historic Village of Olargues

Olargues is a good example of a French medieval town and rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It was occupied by the Romans, the Vandals and the Visigoths. At the end of the 11th century the Jaur valley came under the authority of the Château of the Viscount of Minerve. The following centuries saw a succession of wars and epidemics, and it was not until the 18th century that Olargues became re-established. This was due to the prosperity of local agriculture and artisanal industry.

The Pont du Diable, 'Devil's Bridge', is said to date back to 1202 and is reputed to be the scene of transactions between the people of Olargues and the devil. The old village is clustered around the belltower, which was formerly the main tower of the castle (Romanesque construction). The old shops have marble frontages and overhanging upper storeys. A museum of popular traditions and art is to be found in the stairs of the Commanderie.