Historic apartments

The City Museums four historically restored apartments in different parts of the city shows how Stockholmers, rich and poor, have lived in the 19th and 20th centuries. Guided visits in English are available for groups.

The Ornamental Stucco Master’s Apartment

Experience an upper-middle class apartment in the late 19th century.Axel Notini was one of the foremost stucco craftsmen in Stockholm during the latter part of the 19th century. His apartment in Östermalm is a fine example of a wealthy middle-class home. The house that he built for himself is richly decorated with ornamental plasterwork both inside and out. He used to invite prospective customers to visit him at home so that he could show off his skills.

The plasterwork has been restored to its original condition and his dwelling has been furnished in a style typical of his class at the time.

How to get there

Address: David Bagares gata 10. Metro station Östermalmstorg.The apartment is in a building that is historically important and it has not been possible to provide access for wheelchair users unless accompanied by a helper.

The Blockmaker’s House

Gustav Andersson, a craftsman who made blocks or pulleys, lived in a timber cottage on the island of Södermalm. He was employed in the navy’s workshops on Skeppsholmen and he made pulley wheels for rigging ships. He actually worked at his lathe in his home. In the years between 1917 and 1923 Gustav Andersson lived with his family on the upper floor of the cottage. Emilia Gustavsson, a widow with five children, rented the apartment at the back of the house. This is how ordinary people might live in Stockholm at the beginning of the 20th century.

How to get there

Address: Stigbergsgatan 21 (above Fjällgatan). Metro station Slussen or Medborgarplatsen. Bus 2 or 3 to Tjärhovsplan.
The Blockmaker’s House is a building that is historically important and it has not been possible to provide access for wheelchair users unless accompanied by a helper.

Stickelbärsvägen, 1937

The two room apartment shows how the Jonasson family lived at the end of the 1930s.

In 1937 the first families moved into the new, publicly owned housing on Stickelbärsvägen at Roslagstull. This marked the start of a new era in the provision of housing in Sweden. This was the government's first attempt to provide good, modern housing for ”large families of limited means”. To qualify for an apartment on Stickelbärsvägen consisting of two rooms and a kitchen a family must have at least four children. The apartments were small but for families moving from run-down dwellings lacking running water and central heating the new housing was a taste of paradise. There were fully modern kitchens and bathrooms in each apartment and access to a laundry facility.

How to get there

Address: Stickelbärsvägen 7. Metro station Tekniska högskolan. Or bus 61 towards Ruddammen (passes Fridhemsplan and Odenplan), bus stop Stickelbärsvägen.

The apartment is in a building that is historically important and it has not been possible to provide access for wheelchair users unless accompanied by a helper.

Dwelling in Tensta, 1969

Welcome to the year 1969 and the apartment of the Arturssons, one of the first familys to move into the new dwellings in Stickelbärsvägen 13. The apartment has been restored and designed in 60s and 70s style to give an example of the million programs initial qualities.

1972 concluded the expansion of Tensta, a building project that was started six years earlier. The result was a well-planned city environment housing 16,000 people which was strongly influenced by The Million Program (Miljonprogrammet), a government program to build a million new dwellings during period of ten years. Tensta was planned to meet the housing shortage of the 1960s with conception of a small, closely knit community. The newcomers did not represent the group the planners had envisaged and Tenstas inhabitants today represent many cultures with many different values.

During the past 40 years of debate concerning Tensta there has been very little change in its construction. More recently there are plans for several projects in the framework of the “Stockholm’s outer city program”.

In the 1970 there was a strong conviction that you could create good housing development for the growing population by careful planning and functional flats. The result was the modern suburb.

The Million program

The million program was a platform for politics, housing research and industrial methods of production. The result was large-scale housing development with good basic qualities but all the houses were built with some uniformity. The future housing market has a need for flexibility, individual design and different forms of ownership, for example renting, buying and cooperative ownership. The housing development in Tensta is not only in need of renovation, it requires other efforts as well.

How to get there

Address: Kämpingebacken 13. Metro station Tensta.

Visit the apartments

Guided visits to the apartments can be booked for groups up to 20 people. Available all year round except for the Blockmaker’s house which is closed mid-September—April.

Prices

Weekdays SEK 2,100
Weekends and evenings after 4:30pm SEK 3,100

Telephone +46 8 508 316 20 (weekdays 9am—12pm) 
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