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Historic building in Fáskrúdsfjördur to be demolished

Manon, one of the most historic buildings in Fáskrúdsfjördur (pop. 640) in the Eastfjords, is scheduled for demolition today or in the next few days. Manon was built in the first half of last century from the wreck of an eponymous French ship.

Manon, the ship, ran ashore in Skálavík inlet near the town in 1924 and couldn’t be repaired. Albert Eiríksson, the director of the local Museum Fransmenn á Íslandi (“Frenchmen in Iceland”) calls the demolition a “cultural accident.” Machines have already been parked outside the house, Morgunbladid reports.

According to Eiríksson, Manon is in good condition, adding he is surprised that the council of the Fjardarbyggd municipality made the decision to tear down the house without discussing it first with the inhabitants.

The capelin production Lodnuvinnslan hf. bought Manon last June and intend to tear it down in order to expand its operations in the town.

Eiríksson said he is disappointed in the company and plans to fly the French flag at half mast when Manon is demolished.

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