Old house

The majority of the houses in the part of Reykjavík known as Vesturbærinn, or West Town (although I prefer to call it the West Side), are old, dating back 50 plus years (some day I’ll show you the house my great-grandfather built in that part of town). Driving down Seljavegur to photograph Sara Riel’s mural, Ræktaðu garðinn þinn (second photo), I spotted this old house, which is clearly being prepared for painting. Right now, however, it looks like a seedy but dignified old lady in tattered lace underwear, sitting amongst other old ladies in brightly coloured dresses:

flaking_house

While many of these old concrete houses are rather plain, their windows and window frames and doors are often ornamental, giving them a touch of elegance. This lovely, if ill-treated, door looks original:

old_door

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