THE STORY OF AN OLD TRAIN CAR HOUSE
The train car house served as an machine work shop for many years as the fraight and passenger locomotors came to the end station of Hammerdal, a dead-end snippet to the Inland rail road of mid-Sweden. The train car house was built around 1911 and the architect was Folke Zetterwall, the chief arhitect of Swedish Rail Roads at the time. In the 1980s the last trains arrived in Hammerdal before the end of an era. The train car house was mostly left to a destiny of oblivion and nature hid the building more and more in berry bushes, trees and grass.
For me, the story began in 2013 as we moved to the village. One day, walking home from the local grocery shop I stumbled upon the lovely brick house. It was clear that nobody used the house, it was all in decay. I totally fell in love with the house with its old tower (that used to support the village of Hammerdal with fresh water), and its fine earthenware orange bricks. For various reasons, after having rented the house for my kilns and art work, I am now privileged with taking over the ownership.
My plans are to convert the building into an open and innovative art center. It will be my own studio as well as an invitational space for artist collegues and the local community. Today the surroundings are not as open as shown in this historic image. Instead, the train car house is surrounded with tall trees, a perfect start for a mini sculpture park to-be.
As many people take an interest in the history of the old house, and as the patina of the stories and memories remain in the old details of rusted iron bars and in blocks and tackles, I will keep as much marks as possible when the renovation starts. When it is all finished to open for the public, there will be some kind of information sign telling about the train car history as it happened in the past century. Occasionally, there will also be guided history tours.