Tuesday, May 19, 2009

R is for RED as in a fire station - in ABC Wednesday

What could be more RED than a fire station? In this case it is the old fire station in Bergen. This beautiful old building was built in 1888, and it was built as a fire station. It may look like a cross between a railway station and a church, but the dominating tower was used for drying the hoses after use and wash.

This beautiful façade was clearly meant to impress. However, first there was a hotel that hid it. After a fire(!) in 1916 that destroyed a large part of central Bergen, the façade was again hidden by an add-on for garages, stores and what-not (see below).

The picture is from 1963 and is courtesy of Bergen University Library.

Bergen has recently got a new and more modern fire station, so the add-on has been torn down and the façade can again be seen in full splendour. However, it will only be for a short while. A new building that is going to house the Courts of Appeals will come here, although there has been a bit of grumbling about that just lately. Maybe we will still get to see this magnificent building?


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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52 comments:

Cheffie-Mom said...

Beautiful! I love older buildings - the architecture is amazing.

Dagrun said...

Næmen, det visste jeg ikke at de hadde revet der. Så flott den fremstod, den kommer mye mer frem jo.

Charlotte said...

Ja fy søren dette var en flott brannstasjon. Innmari fine bilder av den :)

Svein said...

Litt synd at den skal skjules igjen. Håper noen tar til vett... Bygget ovenfor er svært pent også, og hadde trengt en grundig oppussing av fasaden ut mot det gamle rådhuset.

Malyss said...

The loveliest fire station I've ever seen!
It's a good thing you could catch it during the time the new building is not here yet!this picture will take some value when it won't be possible the station anymore.
In my town, when I hear that something will be destroyed, I go and take as much pictures as possible; We forget very fast what was usual to see..

Wenche said...

Nydeleg bilde av brannstasjonen! Det er faktisk eit bygg som eg ser kvar gong eg er i Bergen. Som periodevis burde vere ganske ofte:)

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Det var en stolt og flott bygning som du har fotografert veldig pent. Noe lignene har jeg ikke sett før.

rh-bilder said...

Flotte bilder av en sjeldent fin brannstasjon!

The Things We Carried said...

How can I ever visit here, see the beauty you post, and not LONG for travel! This blog makes me restless to jump on an airplane and fly:)!

Anne said...

Ja, den ha da til og med jeg sett du :-) det rare er at den ligner så på den gamle "Arbeiderforeningen" her, som i min ungdom var kinoen. nå revet, en begynner å bli gammel du...

Sylvia K said...

Your photos are always so beautiful and encourage me to keep trying to improve and this gorgeous shot is a great example!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comment. The rainbow roses are real, dye is injected into the stem before the buds are out. They make the rainbow ones as well as lavendar and blue.

Have a great week!

Reader Wil said...

Our fire station looks like an old garage! So yours is like a palace copared to it. It's a pity to hide it again. Have a great week Rune!

Tunes Photo said...

Det er virkelig synd at det skal komme et nytt bygg foran. Her burde riksantikvaren (eller byantikvaren) ha grepet inn. Den er bare så flott nå når vi får sett den ordentlig. Tenk med en liten hage/park foran?

I det minste - la dem krangle i 10-20 år før noe blir endelig bestemt....

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi RuneE,
Great Red photo's I hope there nbo fire nowhere, my congrats with winning the songfestival!!!

JoAnn/Hollan Happy ABC

Reader Wil said...

Jeg igjen, tusen takk for kommentaren din. Very kind of you to write such great things about my post. Roy McIver and his wife are such kind and lovely people. She is the daughter of a German minister and speaks fluently Roy's language, which is Guugu yimdhirr.

GAWO said...

Jeg er så sjelden i sentrum at jeg får ikke med meg noen ting. Godt at jeg har deg som kan oppdatere meg. Jeg har ikke hørt at de driver og river i sentrum (... bare alle andre steder :-) ...)
Håper inderlig at ikke brannstasjonen ender opp som et kjøpesenter eller Mc Donald sjappa. Det synes dessverre å vare en tradisjon i denne byen å kaste seg over alt som er ledig.

frenchie4moi said...

Again, you blow me away with your pictures. Bravo!!

kadermo said...

Det ser ju ut som ett sagoslott, och så är det en brandstation.

Anne-Berit said...

For en flott brannstasjon det var,så mer ut som et slott.Nesten synd at de skal bygge foran der igjen,flott som det var nå.

Babooshka said...

I do like fire stations, fire engines, ok fireman, but this has blown me away. How rich red is this building.

Tumblewords: said...

Great that it's been exposed! Wonderful shot - that firehouse is absolutely stunning...

Carol said...

What a beautiful building...our fire stations are nowhere near this grand...I like the angle of the first shot...your photo makes it gorgeous...

Marka said...

A beautiful building! My firefighter friends would really enjoy a firehouse like that.

PERBS said...

Just exquisite! I hope they don't tear it down -- it belongs in history!

Grace and Bradley said...

Truly magnificent building. I hope it will remain this way. Surly you are such civilized country and you do not need a courthouse so urgently.

ArneA said...

Beautiful building. No doubt.
Hopefully long intervals between the hose drying necessities

Roger Owen Green said...

Older beautiful buildings should survive. They are quite the lovely photos.

raf said...

It is indeed a beautiful structure, Rune, and your last photo really is brilliant in red and blue.

Miss_Yves said...

It's so interesting to see the ancient postcard and your modern photo!
This building
really
looks like a church ...or a little castle!

VALKYRIEN said...

Du for en staselig bygning! Den burde virkelig få stå slik den gjør nå, så den synes! Men av og til er det som om personer i de "rette" instanser mangler både gangsyn og sans for estetikk! Burde tvangssende dem til Brilleland alle som en!

Bergen skulle gå til protestaksjon! Den bygningen er for flott til å gjemmes bak et nytt bygg!

Marie Reed said...

I would grumble too! I wouldn't want to hide this gem of a firehouse! It is breathtakingly unique!

Jeni said...

Don 't you just love the beauty in the structure of these old buildings? The folks who erected them had an eye for the attractive.

spacedlaw said...

Such a beauty too!

Sailor Girl said...

Awsome!!
My «R» today is for «Royal Yachts», so I posted your beautiful «NORGE»!!!!!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This fire station has such wonderful character!The fire stations in my town are extremely boring in comparison.

Leslie: said...

Stunning architecture! There should be laws forbidding the tearing down of heritage structures like this one. :D

Gordon said...

That truly is a magnificent building; it would be a pity to hide the facade.

Rose said...

Such a beautiful building! I wondered about the tower--how interesting that it was used for washing the hoses. I do hope they don't build anything that obscures this magnificent old structure.

On behalf of the team, thanks for participating this week.

Q said...

A lovely old building!
I love the history behind it too.
Sherry

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Nice shots Rune and yet another sunny day in Bergen :-)

Ha det gott/ Tyra

Mel said...

Magnificent indeed! It is BEAUTIFUL!

nonizamboni said...

What a beautiful old building with an interesting--if not unstable--history. Thanks for sharing more of Bergen!

Old Wom Tigley said...

This is one of the very best buildings I've seen in a while Rune.. it really as so much to grab my interest. Love the windows and roof.. I could go on and on.

ChrisJ said...

Hope we get to see this building when we are there. Gearing up now for all the packing and flying. Four planes and 22 hours! Your e mail duly noted. Many thanks.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

brilliant capture of the colours - lovely b/w image too

Ackworth born said...

It is always a surprise what hidden vistas are revealed when a building is demolished.

what struck me here though on first view was how deep blue the sky is.

naturglede said...

Den var da super flott og rød.

Abe Lincoln said...

I really like this old building. It has a lot of character.

Malyss said...

Thank you so much to have taken time to share a little part of how and what you read!I like to discover how other people live with books.I also read "the lord of the rings" long before the movies, noone knew this book at this time.(I hope you still have some battery!..:-))
Have a nice day,and thank you again!

imac said...

What a beautiful and grand building Rune.

Dragonstar said...

That wonderful building should be totally on its own, standing out in all its glory. It's good it can be seen at the moment, even if it might be partly hidden again in the future.

lv2scpbk said...

Love the red building and the angle on the first photo. I'm finally making my rounds today to everyone's blog.

I was shocked when you said you never ate peanut butter. I thought there was no one in the world that hasn't had it. Unless your allergic to peanuts of course.