Manhem is no more

This is what remains of Manhem at Manhemsbacken (Manhem Hill), along Södertäljevägen. I took a photo here last year. Yesterday on my way to Djurgårdsgrind (photos later), I was shocked to see that Mannhem had been destroyed in a fire. The house was bought in 1937 by Otto Arrhenius. Before that it was a farm. He was a gardener and at the time had the longest greenhouses in Tungelsta, they measured 60 meters. Arrhenius had two daughters. One of them Karen, went to school with my mother, who still has a book given to her as a gift from Karen. It's in Danish as Mrs Arrhenius came from Denmark. Later the house was rented by a guy called Folke Hellqvist. I googled the address and the current owner is a woman called Ann Elisabeth Holmberg who I don't know. My mother told me that it was a peculiar house, with doors and rooms where you didnt expect them to be. And now it's history.

  • Anders Sikvall 7y

    Sad stuff, much history has been lost in fires. I dearly hope it was not arson or anything like that.

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  • Stefan Jansson 7y

    Looks like the fire took place on the 23th of January. When the fire department arrived there was nothing they could do to save the house. Doesn't look like anyone was home when it happened.
  • J5uliana 7y

    I remember the other photo well. Very sad. Glad no one was there. I hate fires, especially since I have lost a home to fire in 1988. You never forget.
  • California Swede - George Wester 7y

    maybe now you can write that crime novel and about the grisly murders that took place and arson that was set to cover it up. It was a dark and stormy night . . .
  • Cajsa Söderman 4y

    Hi. This is really sad. My grandmother's father built this house. I'd never seen it before I found your photos. I am the grandchild of Ingrid Söderman, Karen's sister. Thank you for sharing. /Cajsa.
  • Stefan Jansson 4y

    They are building a new house here at the moment Cajsa. Do you have any more information about the house?
  • Cajsa Söderman 4y

    Hi!
    Sorry, I didn't see your message until now! I don't know that much about the house. All I know is that it was a summer house at first before Arrhenius moved in. When Otto got it from the previous owner he also got the previous owners cows and a small horse. I talked to Karen today and told her that you had written this. She wanted me to send your blog to her. Maybe she could tell you something more about the house.
  • Stefan Jansson 4y

    That would be great, I am always looking for information about local history. Hälsa Karen från Lillemor (min mamma).
  • Cajsa Söderman 4y

    Hi!
    Karen sent me an email and wrote that Manhem was a farm before her dad bought it. Jag ska hälsa:)
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