How to get rid of old buildings – Storbygga i Selbu

I live in a community were old buildings don’t have much value. Sooner or later they will be teared down. Or, they are left to fall apart, and then the rest is removed. That is often the story, and that seems to be the case with this building. It may not look like much. But it is many centuries old, and was originally made for the copper mining industri in this village. Later it was moved to the place were it is now, as an warehouse by a big lake (the lake was used for transportation those days) for the very important millstone industry. For centuries the millstones from this small community provided that people all over Norway got flour for making bread.

The picture above is from 2006. Last winter the roof started to fall down. The process of getting rid of this building has started. There are more photos of old, norwegian buildings in my photo gallery.


31 thoughts on “How to get rid of old buildings – Storbygga i Selbu

  1. I hope you change it, I like the traditional, these buildings are also a gift of time and always have vibrations that travel from the past. Congratulations on the attached photos, very good …


  2. Things like this are a constant reminder that nothing lasts forever. Poor maintenance is usually the cause of this kind of decay, but no one wants to invest in them. Sad.


  3. Some of the houses / buildings in your photo collection looks nice
    and they could be utilized with little repair.

    Quite few of my friends, found old farm house in France and they are
    driving down every weekend for DIY work. —– of cause, they are just
    over the Euro-tonnel, Norway is a bit far though, there must be a way.


  4. Although it is many centuries old and can of course not be preserved for ever, I still feel a bit sad when I see this kind of thing. It happens here too you know. But we have “Open Air Museums” with a collection of re-erected old buildings in settings of re-created landscapes of the past. I’m sure your country has some too.


  5. You give wonderful information with your pictures that teaches more than one view of life. I learn the most interesting things from you.




  6. So heartbreaking to see this. I learned while in Wales of a National History Museum, an open-air museum to which buildings in danger of destruction elsewhere in Wales have been brought and reconstructed onsite. It’s quite an amazing project. Of course, I would rather old buildings were cherished right where they are, as this one you show. Why are we always in such a rush to let history go? Such a shame.


  7. Agree with your setiments. It is always a hard call as to what to save and what to tear down….and often the wrong choice is made. Old buildings are a bit like old people – it is painful to watch them decline and die!


  8. It looks colourful in the green countryside, even more so during winter: a touch of colour to warm up the heart. Plus, there is a joyful rhythm to it, thanks to the small openings and the vertical wall beams.
    That neglect is very sad…


  9. I can’t imagine letting a house just rot through time here in Hawaii. Property is so valuable and there are so many homeless that they would move right in until contractors came to put up another structure (which would not be that long)

    I love the colors of the buildings as they age.


  10. I guess not everything can last forever, so it’s good that we are able to chronicle what will soon fade away. That is the joy and the sadness of photography. Nice photos, Bente.


  11. Such a pity to let those beautiful buildings expire. But it is as most everywhere. To build new is cheaper than to renovate. Now I’ll check you gallery of old buildings. 😉


  12. This is sad of course… The winter, I know very hard in there but these old house are so nice, as in so many places old houses and buildings are not very popular… and people instead of renovate, they buy new one… Actually you know me, I love these old buildings/houses. Thank you dear Bente, have a nice day, love, nia


  13. Perhaps it’s the archaeologist in me, but when I see old buildings abandoned and torn down, I wanna wave my hands and shout “Stop!” These structures cannot be remade – the techniques, the materials, the needs, have all changed. They should be maintained, restored and reused, the way it happened for centuries. It is profligate waste of both history and resources to tear down a perfectly serviceable building. It makes me angry that people care so little about things that cannot be replaced.


  14. its disheartening to see something so old and beautiful to give away… but the change is forever and continues. I cannot even recall how my place used to be couple of years back. I used to take my dog for roaming on a small road near my house. now that road is full fledged six lane highway. I still cannot believe from where they pulled out so much space out of nowhere!


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