Architecture / Latvia / Travel

The Cat House of Riga


I know what you’re thinking … but no.

It looks like a pleasant, ordinary house, right? Cast your eyes up to the roofline. Notice anything?


The Cat House gets its name from the two black felines balanced on the tip tops of its towers. They were designed a century ago as an insult to cause trouble … and it worked.

The owner of the house was enraged because he had been snubbed and denied membership in the prestigious Great Guild across the street. So he decided to get even.

He had the cats installed with their backsides aimed directly at the Guild, as an insult to his enemies.


Needless to say, offense was taken, and a court battle ensued. Eventually he was admitted to the Guild, so he turned the cats back around.

So the morale of the story is: Be careful what you wish for the next time you’re asked to choose “heads or tails”!


5 thoughts on “The Cat House of Riga

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  2. Terri – I walk by this house quite often, but didn’t know the story. I am glad you stopped by my blog as that is how I discovered yours, very interesting and well written. + one follower here.
    – Ruta

    • Hi Ruta, I’m so glad to meet you. It must be wonderful to walk in that beautiful neighborhood every day – all the gorgeous architecture. When I discovered the story behind the “cat house” I had to laugh. People do the strangest things! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by – I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your great blog. All the best, Terri

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