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Old May 23rd, 2017, 09:52 PM   #1
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Sweden at the end of the 19th century / before modernism (historical photos)

So, as you might have guessed this thread is based on the similairly named one about Germany.
I really enjoyed looking through it, but now that I'm done with that I thought I'd create one about Sweden.
Dispite not taking part in WW2 and thus never having their cities destroyed by bombs, many old buildings were later demolished in the 60s and 70s.
That's why many of the cities showcased here look quite different today, and that's also why i chose to replace WW2 with modernism in the title.
This thead is not exclusively about the parts of cities which were demolished though, and it not even restricted to cites.

In short this thread is about how Swedish cities and buildings in general looked in the late 19th/early 20th century.
If you have any pictures which match those requirements, feel free to post them here!

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Old May 24th, 2017, 11:14 AM   #2
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Old May 24th, 2017, 11:32 AM   #3
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The castle before and after reconstruction ...





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Old May 25th, 2017, 03:20 PM   #4
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Sundsvall

which had recently been rebuilt after a major fire ...



















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Old May 28th, 2017, 09:28 PM   #6
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Old May 30th, 2017, 11:49 PM   #7
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Old June 3rd, 2017, 03:38 PM   #8
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A view over the town of Torshälla in:

Around 1700:



In 1866:



Today:




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Old June 3rd, 2017, 08:56 PM   #9
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I`ve been to Stockholm three times, as a child around 1988, then in 1998 and 2008 (the ten year intervals are incidential, but I could let myself inspire to a new treat next year).

For me it`s Scandinavias greatest city ("greatest" as regardless of biggest, even though Stockholm is both).
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Old June 4th, 2017, 02:49 PM   #10
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Stockholm and Copenhagen are probably my favourite nordic capitals, mainly because they've preserved much of the older buildings. But then those are the only capitals that I've been to, so what do I know
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Old June 4th, 2017, 03:10 PM   #11
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Malmö





The Town Hall:



Inside the building:



The "Läroverk" which was a type of school:







A swiss chalet style villa on the outskirts of the city:



It's a castle! It's a mansion! Nope, I'ts Kampenhof's Cotton Mill around 1880.



... and this is the sugar factory:



And finally the harbor:



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Old July 29th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #12
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Borås

From above in 1927...



View over "Sven Eriksonsplatsen, Stora Brogatan"



Roughly the same view today, from Google Maps















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Art Nouveau/Jugendstil building in Stockholm:



It and the houses around it were demolished in 1970, despite protests. Replaced by this:

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Some really great pictures here! Was there any systematic attempt by authorities to "redevelop" the old towns in major Swedish cities in the 60's/70's, like in some British cities?

Btw, I am asking because so much of Stockholm looks modern to me.
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I can't say with certainty to what extent authorities where involved in these demolishions, but it seems likely to me that they at the very least supported it. Getting rid of the old and building a new bright future certainly fits in to the Social-Democratic politics of the time. Someone else will have to give you a more definate answer though
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Very interesting thread! Thanks. What is somehow surprising is to see the early electric wires, with huge racks of wires above major buildings.
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Some really great pictures here! Was there any systematic attempt by authorities to "redevelop" the old towns in major Swedish cities in the 60's/70's, like in some British cities?

Btw, I am asking because so much of Stockholm looks modern to me.
Yes, there were large scale redevelopment projects in many Swedish cities in the 50's, 60's and 70's. Stockholm demolished most of a central historic neighborhood called Klara in order to build the modern CBD. About 750 buildings were torn down, many of them historic.

In other parts of Stockholm redevelopment happened more building by building, so on Södermalm for instance you have a mix or historic and modernist buildings often in the same block.

The Old Town in Stockholm was briefly threatened by redevelopment in the 1930's but a preservations society called "Samfundet St. Erik" was formed and most of the properties were bought by the city and renovated.

I wouldn't say that "much of Stockholm looks modern". It's mostly the CBD (the old Klara neighborhood) and parts of Södermalm. The Old Town is very well preserved (among the most complete historic town centers in Europe, I'd guess), and Östermalm, upper Norrmalm (Vastastan), lower Kungsholmen and much of Södermalm is dominated by older buildings.
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^ Thanks a lot for the info! Yes, I guess you are right, I exaggerated a bit; I guess it just looked more modern than I expected it to be, and certainly the old town is incredibly well preserved.
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Uppsala

Uppsala Cathedral:



The University Hospital, Castle, and Cathedral:



The Swandam and The Castle, 1886:



The steamer "Fyris" in the harbor, 1890:



"Gamla Uppsala", 1860s:



The University Library, 1886:



Fyris Square, 1860s:



The Old Square and Fyris Square, June 1894:



Eastern and western Ågatan:



The Railway Station, 1890:



"Restaurang Rullan":



Restaurang Flustret:



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Old August 4th, 2017, 02:39 PM   #20
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Early color photographs from The Kahn Archives, taken in 1910


"Saltsjöbaden":





Svärdsjö Church:



Hedemora:



Mora:





Somewhere between Uppsala and Älvkarleby:



Dalsjö, between Falun and Säter:



Enbacka:



A bath in Stora Tuna:



Near Gagnef:



A couple in traditional outfit:



Candy sellers near the church in Leksand:



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