Photographer's Note

This is Hornsgatan, the busiest and noisiest street on Södermalm island. It's not a very pretty street, but I have always liked this little cottage on a hill. It was built in 1841, when new wooden houses were no longer allowed because of frequent fires. The stone walls were plastered and painted yellow. The traditional red paint was probably better suited for wood, or maybe it had just got out of fashion.

Originally this house and the one to the left (from the 1760's) were built at street level. Hornsgatan was lowered to its present level in the late 19th century when the city was expanding and lots of new tenement buildings were needed. Those you see here were all built around the turn of the last century. A number of smaller buildings were pulled down, but for some reason these two were saved and later bought by the city.

The smaller building was originally owned by an innkeeper, who lived here with his family and two tenants. Later this was the home of mainly manual workers and poor widows. It was modernized in the 1960's and today only one couple live here.

The larger building to the left was owned by relatively prosperous families until it was used as a school for children of poor families from the mid-19th century. Today it houses the offices of two small film production companies.

I hurried to take this photo while there was a red light, to avoid having cars spoiling the foreground. I didn't realize then that the light would be one of my favourite details of the photo.

For the WS I climbed the wooden steps for a closer look at the smaller house. I was also looking for a street sign to find out the address.

The map coordinates 59.31682 18.04627 will show you approximately where I took this.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11289 W: 547 N: 21822] (95238)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-04-18
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-05-02 0:19
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