At the end of the 19th century, this territory was outside the city wall – the outskirts so to say, with small wooden houses and gardens, and cabbage fields. However, Latvian businessman Kristaps Bergs (1843-1907) had a vision, and the young and ambitious Latvian architect Konstantīns Pekšēns (1859-1928) was ready to help achieve this vision.
Within several years, a retail complex was constructed – a passage, with 131 shops, several workshops, a printing house, restaurants, as well as other necessities for active trading. This area remained neglected during the Soviet era, but after Latvia regained independence Bergs’ grandchildren inherited the property, and it turns out they were no less enterprising as their grandfather. The Bergs Bazaar is once again one of the city’s most bustling quarters, with fancy restaurants, design studios, as well as specialized shops. One of the area’s main objects is the five-star Hotel Bergs (2003). The hotel also features a collection of paintings by such famous Latvian artists as Jānis Rozentāls (1866–1917), Jānis Tillbergs (1880–1972) and Gustavs Šķilters (1874–1954). There is also an exhibition on display of work by the contemporary Latvian stage designer and graphic artist Ilmārs Blūmbergs (1943-2016). Many of the paintings can be viewed in the hotel’s vestibule.