Roseni Torn

History

Roseni Waba Aja Keskus (Rosen Free Time Centre) is situated in the building of former distillery of Tallinn Distillery Llc and Rosen & Co Society of Tallinn Distillery Owners.
In 1875 the City of Tallinn granted Prussian subject Friedrich Rappuhn permission to build a distillery in Mere pst (former Promenaadi Str.).
The distillery was completed in 1876 and it was managed by newly-founded Tallinn Distillery Llc, the board of which included Friedrich von Dellingshausen (Chairman), Ewald von Ungern-Sternberg, O. Schilling, A. von Brevern, Emil Kaselack and Reinhold von Rehbinder.

Chief Executives of the Distillery were E. Lauenstein (1876-1883) and Gustav Arved von Rosen(1883-1895).

In 1895 the Management Board of Tallinn Distillery Llc was transferred to St. Petersburg and reorganised into a cross-Russian company Association of Distilleries.

Tallinn Distillery was leased to commandite society Rosen & Co Society of Tallinn Distillery Owners, owned by Gustav Arved von Rosen (1895-1903), Alexander Woldemar von Rosen (1903-1938) and Ernest von Rosen (1938-1940). The company brought together majority of Estonian and several Livonian and Courland’s raw spirit manufacturers. Until monopolisation of alcohol in 1900 the company had branches in the areas of modern day Poland, Lithuania, Byelorussia and Ukraine as well as Moscow and its surroundings.


The most eye-catching feature of the single-storey building is its rectification tower, which contained the equipment for rectification of raw spirits. In 1924 another storey was added to the tower which currently accommodates Rosen Tower party and seminar premises.

Most of the photos depicting the industrial equipment originates from the 1920s-1930s and are taken in the production building of the Tallinn State Spirit Store at Tartu Road.
 

Tallinn Distillery in 1876, the text above the left-side entrance gate reads: Revaler Sprit Fabrik (unknown photographer)
View of the laboratory of the State Spirit Store in 1920
Spirit cellar in the State Spirit Store in the 1920s, empty vodka bottles stacked at the wall
Spirit measurement room in the State Spirit Store in the 1920s
Spirit reception room in the State Spirit Store in the 1920s. One barrel contained 492 litres of spirit
Another storey was added to the rectification tower of Tallinn Distillery in 1924 (photo by Heino Gustavson, 1975)
Equipment of measuring spirit in tanks in the State Spirit Store in the 1920s
Gustav Arved von Rosen (1849-1903) was the director of Tallinn Distillery of Tallinn Distillery Llc (1883-1885)
Administrative building of the distillery in the early 1890s (unknown photographer)
Vodka containers in front and filters on the background, State Spirit Store in the 1920s
Vodka filters in the State Spirit Store in the 1920s
Vodka filters in the State Spirit Store in the 1920s, vodka bottling device on the background
Vodka mixing room in the State Spirit Store in the 1920s
Front of the barrel works. Ramp for rolling barrels extends down from the workshop storage. Unknown worker of the distillery in front
View of the distillery from the yard. Rectified spirit was sent out of the distillery in carriages with company designation
Label of State Spirit Monopoly 40-proof vodka bottle (0.25 l) in 1940
Label of State Spirit Monopoly 40-proof vodka bottle (0.5 l) in 1940
Stainless steel spirit containers (1 bucket = 12.3 litres) in the State Spirit Store in the 1920s
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