The oldest shop interior in Iceland, located in a building in Seydisfjördur, east Iceland, suffered damages on Monday when the owner of the building, the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland (ÁTVR), began gutting the interior.
The director of the Housing Preservation Society, Nikulás Úlfar Másson, who put a stop to the operations, said the interior is a very important national treasure and claimed that tearing it down is in violation of the law, ruv.is reports.
A statement issued by ÁTVR yesterday said that the company regrets any damages to the interior, which the company wishes to credit.
The statement further said discussions have taken place between the Ministry of Finance and the local authority of Seydisfjördur about Seydisfjördur taking over the building, but without any results.
According to the statement, ÁTVR had decided to relocate the interior to a safe storage room because it considers it impossible to continue to preserve it in a building in such poor condition vacated years ago.