Thursday, July 07, 2011

Manhem then and now

Manhem is no more

Manhem Rebuilt


This property in Tungelsta is know as Manhem. The house was bought in 1937 by Otto Arrhenius, who was a gardener. Before that it was a farm here. My mother went to school with one of his daughters, Karen. My mother used to visit the house and she has told me that it was a peculiar house, with doors and rooms where you didn't expect them to be. Manhem has changed owners a few times over the years, and it also stood abandoned for some time. Then it was suddenly being renovated by a new owner who was planning to use it as a summer house. When the renovation was nearly finished, tragedy struck when a fire completely destroyed the house. I took the top photo some time after that fire. I took the second photo a couple of days ago. A new house resembling the old now stands on the same spot as the original house but at the moment no one lives here.

11 comments:

brattcat said...

what a labor of love. i hope someone enjoys living there soon.

RedPat said...

It looks very much like the old one so someone went to a lot of trouble!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I hope it's safe now, seems to have been through a lot to get to this stage Steffe. It has been restored beautifully, lets hope someone gets many years of happy living there!

Jack said...

The first photo is heartbreaking. Glad that it has been brought back to life.

CaT said...

wow, amazing!
i thought i was going to read that the top photo was the present and the lower one the past, but it was good to read it is the other way around!

Olivier said...

superbe ce travail, elle est MAGNIFIQUE apres les travaux

Rebeccas.se said...

Jag har tänkt på att det verkar stå tomt, hoppas någon får glädje av huset snart. Det är lite sorgligt med tomma hus tycker jag.

Mo said...

What a disaster for the owner who was doing the renovations

Sharon said...

What a tragedy to come so close to a finished restoration and lose it all. The new house does look nice.

Halcyon said...

A definite difference!

Paul said...

Another reminder of how terrible fire can be. It certainly looks a nice house now it has been rebuilt.