Photographer's Note

During one of my walks around Södermalm island last weekend I turned into a street where I rarely go. It's in a nice area, but this particular street is a bit "off". You hardly venture into it by chance, you have to decide to go there. Most of it is not very interesting, but one of the finest red wooden houses from the 18th century is found here.

This was built in the 1730's by a low-ranking naval officer named Johan Kiällbom. Until a few decades earlier this area had been used for public executions. When that business was moved out of the city this was transformed into a residential area.

Today buildings like this, most of them on Södermalm, are listed as a cultural heritage of high importance. They are owned by the city and basically anyone can rent an apartment in such a house. A web search for the residents of the two apartments in this one indicates they are quite ordinary people. They probably just had to wait many years to qualify.

In the background you see the dome of Katarina church from the late 17th century. It was destroyed by fire in 1990 but quickly rebuilt according to the original plan and reopened in 1995.

In the WS is an alternative view for those who find people disturbing. There is also a view in the other direction, where the light was actually much better.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11516 W: 562 N: 22197] (96558)
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