The Writers House was built by German architect Carl Tsar in 1905 by order of David Sarajishvili (the founder of the Georgian cognac industry). The building immediately became a cultural hub of the city. Sarajishvili often managed different literary and exhibition evenings with its events. After his death in 1911, the building was passed to his wife, but in a few years it had been auctioned off. Then there was the period of independence and Georgian architect Akaki Khoshtaria, who purchased it at the request of the society, added the gardens around the building. But he had to emigrate during the Sovietization of Georgia. On the third day of the Communists’ “arrival” in the country, with the initiative of Paolo Iashvili, a prominent Georgian symbolist poet, and the support of other writers, the building was given to Georgian writers and since then the building has been known as the Writers House.
The building itself is an ideal fusion of modernism and Georgian style. The exterior façade is decorated with precious stones and inside there are the Georgian traditional wooden halls arranged by a Georgian wooden designer Ilia Mamatsashvili. The entrance is usually closed, but if you ring the bell the security guard won’t be against letting you in.