Under the Three Lions

Soon after Konstantin Päts took power, an extensive reconstruction of the palace began. After the designs of the architect Aleksandr Vladovsky, a Neo-Baroque banquet hall, a winter garden-orchestra room and a smaller dining hall were added to the palace near the garden-side facade. The private apartment of the Head of State was located on the third floor of the right wing, and his office was on the main floor in the seaside wing, in the room that was initially designated as the bedroom of Peter I. The rest of the rooms were meant for housing state visitors or furnished as parlours of different styles. The decor stressed magnificence and unity with the European cultural space, being furnished with stylish antique furniture brought from manor houses or bought in St. Petersburg. Estonian character was provided by artworks of Baltic-German artists, such as Carl Timoleon von Neff, Eugen Dücker, Oskar Hoffmann and Julius Klever, and the first national artists, Johann Köler and Amandus Adamson. In the late 1930s, some interiors were created in the national Estonia style, which have been largely preserved to this day. Kadriorg Palace and the surrounding area were turned into a residence of higher state power and were closed to the public.

The rest of Kadriorg Park became a popular place among the townsfolk for taking walks and relaxing. An open park was founded in the north-eastern part of Kadriorg, with illuminated alleys, benches, flowerbeds following the patterns of national costumes, a concert field with a band shell, and the Youth Park, with swimming pools, sandboxes and playgrounds.