About The Grand Old Building
An active and vibrant treasure trove of history and culture!
Built in 1910 by the Finnish Building Company Limited, it was designed by C.W. Wheeler. Alex Beck supervised construction. Unique features include the central polygonal tower supported by columns, the domed glassed-in cupola above the roof-line and the two-sided oriel windows on the facade. Intended as a community meeting place it originally housed a theatre, a library and a reading room. Today, it continues to serve as an active, thriving Finnish cultural centre for the Finlandia Club of Port Arthur and its member societies. It is home to the internationally renowned “Hoito” restaurant, a Museum and an annual Film Festival among many events around the year. It boasts the "best dance floor" in Thunder Bay!
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100 Years of Finnish History
Get ready to celebrate in 2010! The year will mark 100 years of Finnish-Canadian History under the roof of this cultural icon.
The Finlandia Club of Port Arthur , is the oldest Finnish built structure of its kind still owned and in active use on a daily basis by the public. It has been the home of the world famous Hoito Restaurant continuously since 1918. Canadan Sanomat, a Finnish language newspaper, has its office on the main floor.
The building has a rich history of community involvement with various organizations connected to the Finlandia Club and its predecessors. The groups listed here are present day operating members of the Finlandia Club.
Latest News & Events
All our latest renovations updates can be found in our blog!
Finnish Heritage Building Fund
Thank you for helping us preserve
The Finnish Labour Temple!
Please send your cheque or money order to the following address:
The Finnish Heritage Building Fund
314 Bay Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario