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Enköpings stadshotell

An era checks out.

Enköping, Sweden.

Remains of the ball room with the iconic neon sign at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

Remains of the ball room with the iconic neon sign.

The foyer at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

The foyer.

Café and bar at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

Café and bar.

Cloak room at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

Cloak room.

The old neon sign now placed on the ballroom floor at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

The old neon sign now placed on the ballroom floor.

The café at the end of the striped hallway at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

The café at the end of the striped hallway.

The newest part of the building had already been chewed up at the time of our visit at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

The newest part of the building had already been chewed up at the time of our visit.

Stairway and landing at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

Stairway and landing.

Ballroom side door detail at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

Ballroom side door detail.

Rose number 1 at Enköpings stadshotell. Enköping, Sweden. March 2010.

Rose number 1.

Yours truly

Hey!

[EN] After a long argument between different interests the city hotel of Enköping was eventually demolished. The hotel opened in 1879 and some parts were in use until the late 90's. The structural damages were obvious to anyone passing by and a restoration would have been very extensive, but not impossible. Now a three or four story building with flats and shops is planned here and the question whether demolishing was the right thing or not something for history to judge.

We visited the hotel during one of the last days in its life. The extension from 1940 was already gone but the very epicentre of the building – the ballroom and the neon sign – was still there, luckily.

[SE] Efter en lång tids dragkamp mellan olika intressen revs till sist stadshotellet i Enköping. Hotellet invigdes 1879 och var till viss del i bruk fram till senare delen av 90-talet. Sättningsskadorna på byggnaderna var uppenbara för alla förbipasserande och en renovering hade blivit en mycket omfattande, men inte omöjlig. Nu planeras här för bostäder och butiker i ett tre- eller fyravåningshus och frågan om rivningen var rätt eller inte något som historien kommer avgöra.

Vi besökte hotellet under sina sista dagar i livet. Tillbyggnaden från 1940 var då redan riven men byggnadens epicentrum – festvåningen och skylten – fanns lyckligtvis kvar.

photo_cameraMarch 2010

cloudJanuary 2014

color_lensHasselblad 500c/m, Zeiss Planar 80 mm F/2.8, Zeiss Distagon 50 mm F/4, Kodak Portra 160NC, Imacon Flextight Photo.

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