Artisan House

Artisan House

The Artisan House in Kumanovo is one of the most beautiful and the most representative historic, cultural and architectural buildings in the city. Kumanovo’s “Notre Dame,” it is a very recognizable landmark of the city. The facility has a special symbolic meaning because its construction is related to the very beginning of the urban planning development of the city and the economic growth of the early 20th century. The house is probably the most inspired architectural work of the Russian engineer, Vladimir Antonov. Built between the two World Wars when Kumanovo was mostly an artisan town, the house was intended to serve for the cultural elevation of craftsmanship among youth. At the initiative of the Artisan’s Association in December 1923, the decision was made to start a fund to build the House. The cornerstone of the Artisan House was struck at the end of May 1930, at a time of severe economic crisis in the world and in the country as well. The House was built in six months and the inauguration on 21st of November 1930 was organized with an extravagant celebration including the presence of President of the then-government of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Peter Zivkovic. The House was to serve for various business activities and events of Kumanovo artisans. The purpose and function of the Artisan House has varied over the years, adapting to local trends and needs. Today part of the Artisan House is where the great hall is nestled and shops are managed by the local government, while the State runs the back of it, where the regional department of the State Archive of the Republic of Macedonia is located.