The dominating structure of the historical centre is the Unity House built during the years of theFirstRepublic(22aRigas Street). The Unity House was constructed at the suggestion of the country’s president Karlis Ulmanis using donations and funds provided by the state. The corner stone was laid in 1936, and on December 19, 1937, the blessing of the building and the opening ceremony took place. The Unity House was designed by the architect Verners Vitands. It was the most modern multifunctional building in Europe.