During the fifty years of the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union, the KGB headquarters in Riga, also known as the Corner House, became a prominent symbol of totalitarian power that, in the 21st century Riga, still stands to bear testimony to total war, mass persecutions and genocide. 2014 is the right time to change the destiny of the Corner House, to open the doors and face the experience and fates concealed therein in order to profoundly understand and recreate them. The Corner House will be open to the public from the 1st of May to the 19th of October, presenting the Occupation Museum's exhibition (admission free of charge), guided tours "In the KGB Basements", and five more exhibitions - "(Re)construction of Friendship", "A Latvian's Suitcase", "In Spite of All”, "Ten Objects' Stories of Person and Power” and "The Museum of Fateful Objects”, which present different interpretations of the relationship between the individual and the power in the past that still affects the people of the present day.
Arterritory.com offers a video insight into the Corner House's premises.
Stūra māja. The KGB House, File No.1914/2014
The Corner House Project tours of the house will be offered to visitors showing the cells in which countless people were imprisoned, the chilling basement, ‘exercise’ area, the different stairs used for prisoners and staff, and the offices of the investigators. The venue is expected to provide new historical insight for the younger generation and guests of the city, as well as become a memorial to those who have suffered directly or indirectly from activities within the walls of this building. The notorious basements of KGB will hold an installation of materials from the Latvian National Guard, and the cells and kitchen will be open for viewing. The sixth floor of the building will reveal the exercise grounds from above and the narrow space where those under investigation were kept for shorter stretches of time.