The building was built for representation purposes. It is one of the most significant buildings of interwar architecture, and its design was selected from among 30 submitted applications. A decorative exterior and a particularly modern interior – architects planned ventilation and lighting systems with regard to the latest trends in technology. War and occupation showed no mercy for the new and modern building – a field hospital was established in this building, the symbols of statehood were painted over with floor paint, stained-glass was broken, and bas-reliefs were stolen. The Officers’ Palace was again brought to life only with the start of the Reform Movement of Lithuania.