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The Defence Corps building (1924‒1925)

The Defence Corps and Lotta Svärd museum operates in the South Ostrobothnia Defence Corps building, designed by Alvar Aalto. The three-storey building represents refined neoclassicism and functionalist features and Ostrobothnian construction heritage, for example. Some of the decoration, furniture, lamps and ornament details are Aalto's ideas.

Besides the main building, Aalto also designed the two-storey brick building in the yard, the wooden shed and the pergola. The buildings and their yard have been protected under the law regarding building protection since 2002. One of the reasons for this decision was that there still are original material and paint surfaces from 1925 inside the main building. The Suojeluskuntalainen statue (member of the Defence Corps), located in the yard, is the work of Professor Pentti Papinaho.

The main building includes exhibition and meeting facilities, information desk and museum shop. The building in the yard is the administrative office for the exhibition facilities and the museum.