The Manor House of the Building Complex of Ilguva Manor Homestead and the Church the Discovery of the Holy Cross

Wooden residential houses of minor manors, historically abundant, took over some forms of Classicism, after this style period has developed. Many of those wooden mansions allowed to be deteriorated, unlike the same purpose brick houses, the majority of which have survived into our days. Therefore, today it is increasingly difficult to find representatives of that style with a healthy appearance. On the picturesque bank of the river Nemunas, Jonas Grinevičius, the owner of Ilguva Manor built a small wooden mansion in 1790. The architecture of this house reflected simple forms, close to those of folk tradition, yet at the same time the architect used some primitive Classical composition principles. Like many other similar Classicism style buildings, the building features symmetry, which is damaged just by a small addition. In the north façade, overlooking the river, one can see an avant-corps with a portal of elementary forms next to it, which used to be spread in construction of small mansions of that time. Four masonry columns prop the triangular plane of the pediment – it is interesting that the wall of the porch is divided by four wooden pilasters too. The basement of the building, built from field stones, due to the uneven relief becomes extremely high on this side and develops into the massive stairs of the portico. Symmetrically, on the axis of the portico on the other side of the building, a veranda abundantly glazed is set up. Many of the other buildings of the Manor, although not being in a very good condition, have survived quite well. They appear in contrast with the Manor House not only by size, but by materials as well.