At the dining room table, the Andersson family gathers for meals, socializing and everyday activities. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

The Blockmaker’s House 1917

The restored house tells the story of life in the housing shortage Stockholm at the beginning of the 20th century.

Gustav Andersson, a craftsman who makes blocks or pulleys, lives in a timber cottage on the island of Södermalm. He is employed in the navy’s workshops on Skeppsholmen and he makes pulley wheels for rigging ships. He actually works at his lathe in his home.

It can get crowded and noisy when workshop work coincides with everyday life for the Andersson family. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

In the years between 1917 and 1923 Gustav Andersson lives with his family on the upper floor of the cottage. The apartment at the back of the house is rented by Emilia Gustavsson, a widow with five children.

This is how ordinary people might live in Stockholm at the beginning of the 20th century.


Stigbergsgatan 21, Södermalm

In Andersson's dark, minimal kitchen upstairs, food is prepared for the whole family. On Sundays, there may be lunch at the establishment Berns Salonger instead. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

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