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This is probably the smallest residential house in Stockholm and definitely the smallest of the many red cottages of Södermalm I have shown you.

But it wasn't always as small as this.

The red cottage was built soon after a big fire had destroyed most houses in this area in 1723. The adjacent larger house was built in 1781. They were, and still are, located on the northern edge of a steep hill.

Originally the red cottage was five times larger, but most of it was torn down in 1909. The city was expanding and a large street, Katarinavägen, was built below this hill. In order to make way for the wide street large parts of the steep hillside were blown away, so the major part of the red cottage, home to several poor working class families, had to be torn down.

There were plans to tear down all the old houses in the area, but by the early 20th century people had started to see their beauty and cultural value, so due to a certain public pressure most of them were saved. Now they are all protected as part of the city's cultural heritage.

The cottage has a living space of 80 square metres, so it is not quite as small as it looks from the street. It shares the address at #5 with the larger house and is probably entered from a fairly large courtyard at the back. Actually, the large house is much larger than can be seen here. It's part of a block of three houses around the courtyard. There were originally four of them completely surrounding the courtyard, but one had to be pulled down along with most of the red cottage, or it would have tumbled down on the new street.

The WS photos were both taken from the internet. A very old photo shows the entire original cottage, the other is an aerial view of this block today.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11719 W: 564 N: 22514] (97636)
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