Pirunkirkko banquet hall, max. 120
The Pirunkirkko banquet hall is an atmospheric room that can accommodate up to 120 people. The banquet hall is divided by a vaulted colonnade and furnished by long grey tables and benches that fit with the look of the room.
- Suitable for: banquets, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Maximum capacity: 120 people
- Price for 2017: summer Fri-Sat 1010 euros / winter and other days 810 euros
- Facilities: vaulted hall, heating kitchen, toilet facilities, storage room
- Furniture: grey tables and benches, black chairs
- Equipment: screen, mixer-amplifier, CD player, wired microphone, projector
The main entrance is via a passage through the building, and from there the first floor is accessed via a grand spiral staircase. The hall is painted in traditional colours: the upper parts of the walls are white and the lower parts light blue. The planching, patinated by time, as well as the murals in the main staircase and the back room create the special atmosphere of the church. The hall is perfect for organising parties and festive events. The Suomenlinna Church is only approximately 200 metres away.
King Gustav III of Sweden laid the foundation stone of the Crownwork Ehrensvärd in 1775. The construction of the wings started in 1776. By 1777, the northern end and the western front of the granite cellar floor of the building had been bricked.
Other parts of the building could not be bricked, as some navy boathouses sti ll remained. The following year, however, the construction appropriations were withdrawn and it was 1785 before any work could begin. This time, the construction was executed swiftly, and the building was ready to be used by the navy docks the following year. At the beginning of the Russian period, there was a Lutheran church in the building.
The building was badly damaged in bombardments during the Crimean War. After the war, the topmost floor was torn down and the first floor remained as a ruined attic space. The northern end of the ground floor was used as a school. The first proper floo r of the lavatory wing was renovated as a Russian Orthodox prayer house.
During the 1918–1919 war prison camp, the building served as prison barracks no. 3. Little by little the Swedish ’great storage’ was established as a conference and banquet facility. The renovation and conversion of the building for conference and banquet use started in 1992, when the cabinets at the southern end of the ground floor were renovated, the windows repaired and the building connected to the district heating network.
In 1994–1996, new toilet facilities were built in the old lavatory wing and a new kitchen was built for the banquet hall. As part of the renovation work, two studios and one apartment were created in the rooms at the northern end of the banquet hall floor.