The Fire of Raahe

On the night of October 6, 1810 the growing town was faced with a disaster, a fire broke out. Three quarters of the town was destroyed, ie. about 60 houses, including the town hall with its records. The church, the schoolhouse, a few houses in Rantakatu and some small dwellings on the north side of the church hill were saved.

The commission surveyor Gustaf Odenwall was assigned to draw up a new town plan and a plotting-out plan for rebuilding the town. The burghers and the town administration had agreed upon certain principals concerning the rebuilding of the town and the new plan, such as:

  • A new, larger market square would be opened at the corner of Isokatu and Kirkkokatu.
  • The streets would maintain their previous width, the idea of widening the streets for purposes of fire safety was given no support.
  • A space of three cubits or about 1.5 - 2 meters would be left unbuilt on the boundaries of the plots for tire safety purposes.
  • Due to the enlargement of the plots, also the town needed to be extended.
  • Two-storey wooden houses could not be built anymore, the stone base could not be too high, the buildings and their stone bases facing the street were to be of a uniform height.
Designs of the town hall, planned for the Pekkatori square. On the left, a design made by the county architect Johan Oldenburg from 1851. On the right, a design made by the architect of the intendant office Nils Johan Osterman from 1853.

Raahe Pearl Of The North

  • August Maximilian Myhrberg Park
    August Maximilian Myhrberg Park
  • Raahe Bull Market
    Raahe Bull Market
  • Raahe Town Hall
    Raahe Town Hall
  • Urho Kekkonen Statue Plaque
    Urho Kekkonen Statue Plaque
  • Beacon Flag Festival (Pooki Flakkaa)
    Beacon Flag Festival (Pooki Flakkaa)
  • Raahe Museum Beach and Cafe
    Raahe Museum Beach and Cafe
  • Raahe Museum Beach
    Raahe Museum Beach
  • Raahe Summer Festival
    Raahe Summer Festival
  • Raahe Guest Harbour
    Raahe Guest Harbour
  • Raahe Beach
    Raahe Beach
  • Raahe Church from Beach
    Raahe Church from Beach
  • Raahe Beach Facilities
    Raahe Beach Facilities
  • Jacob's Spring Plaque
    Jacob's Spring Plaque
  • Raahe Church Tower
    Raahe Church Tower
  • Raahe Church from Pekkatori
    Raahe Church from Pekkatori
  • Summer Food Fry-up
    Summer Food Fry-up
  • Summer Fish Delicacies
    Summer Fish Delicacies

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