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Historic Building Renovated in North Iceland

A historic 120-year-old building in the heart of Saudárkrókur in north Iceland, Kaffi Krókur, has been renovated to its near-original state after catching fire and being deemed irreparable in January 2008. The building served as a café before the fire, but originally housed the offices of the town’s sheriff.

From Saudárkrókur. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Local restaurateurs Kristín Magnúsdóttir and Sigurpáll Adalsteinsson bought the wreck of a house approximately 12 months ago and had drawings made of the way it looked when it was constructed in 1887-1890. Since then the house had been enlarged, Morgunbladid reports.

Magnúsdóttir and Adalsteinsson began the renovation work in November last year and reopened Kaffi Krókur on the Icelandic National Day, June 17.

On whether they had not hesitated to undertake such extensive operations shortly after the crisis hit, Adalsteinsson replied: “It was either to tear the house down and keep the lot or renovate it. We decided to take the risk and now we will just to see how it goes.”

The duo said they had sensed considerable interest in the project from local residents. “People definitely feel [the house] has meaning for the town’s history. Everyone wanted to see it rise from the ashes,” Magnúsdóttir added.

Kaffi Krókur is not the only café in Iceland that has facilities in a historic building; a café recently opened in Thingeyri in the West Fjords in a historic house called Simbahöllin, which has been renovated to its original state, as well.

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