Consulate Office

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This room was originally Dr. Fenyes' bedroom. A 1947 remodel of the room transformed it into an office and study for Consul Paloheimo. Here he received dignitaries and diplomats.

Consul Paloheimo had the full bathroom reduced to a small water closet, and used the space to install a library. Also, he had paneling applied to the walls and the floor refinished. The result is a decidedly more diplomatic feel to what was once a bedroom.

Paintings

Riflemen in the Snow (alt title: Combat, Russo-Finnish War) (1940)
Carl Oscar Borg
Oil on canvas. Depicts a WW II scene of camouflaged soldiers on skis.

Breaking Ice (1946)
Laura Jarnavelt
Karalia area near Jarvenpaa.

Spring Lake (1947)
Laura Jarnavelt
Lake Twisla. Sibelius and Paloheimo properties. Family sauna on the other side of the trees.

Spring Marsh (1947)
Laura Jarnavelt
Another Finnish lake scene on the Paloheimo estate in Jarvenpaa, in Helsinki.

Photographs and prints

Paloheimo Family
Located above the desk is a photo of Babsie, Yrjo and their four children.

General Mannerheim
Baron Carl Gustav Emil von Mannerheim of the Finnish Army was the commander in chief of Finnish military from 1939 to 1944 and remains a national hero for his role in liberating Finland from Russia, and in the establishment of a new democracy. He was a regent of the new Finnish republic (1918 - 1919) and president of Finland (1944 - 1946).

Jean Sibelius
Sibelius was a composer of the late Romantic era and his work was often tied to Finnish identity. His birthday is annually observed with special honors in Finland. Consul Paloheimo's ancestral estate adjoins the Sibelius estate in the Helsinki outskirts. The two families were long-time friends, and Consul Paloheimo's cousin married Sibelius. Sibelius was the first sponsor and enthusiastic supporter of the Finlandia Foundation begun by Consul Paloheimo.

Dr. Urho Kekkonen
Dr. Urho Kekkonen was prime minister of Finland (1950 - 1953; 1954 - 1956) and then served as president of Finland (1956 - 1982).

Juho Kusti Paasikivi
First prime minister of the new Republic of Finland, and later president of Finland (1946 - 1956).

Consul Paloheimo with Mannerheim and Eleanor Roosevelt

Consul Paloheimo

Leonora Paloheimo

Map of Finland

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Pacific Coast Viking, January 1965. Newspaper left behind when the family ceased returning to the house.
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Pacific Coast Viking, January 1965. Newspaper left behind when the family ceased returning to the house.

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Horsehair settee, circa 1870. American. Rococo revival. Walnut frame. Covered with horsehair-cotton blend. Came from either the Muse or Scott family.
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Horsehair settee, circa 1870. American. Rococo revival. Walnut frame. Covered with horsehair-cotton blend. Came from either the Muse or Scott family.

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