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Reykjavik, Capital Region Hfuborgarsvi, Iceland
 

Hfi House

 
 
Hfi House Marker - English side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
1. Hfi House Marker - English side
Inscription. (English side:)

Hfi House has a remarkable history connected to Icelandic relations with other nations. The house was built or the French consul, Jean Paul Brillouin. Designed in Eastern Norway, it was transported to Iceland in kit form for assembly. The building displays features of the Art Nouveau (Jugend) style, classical Neo-Baroque and Norwegian National Romanticism. In the formal reception room, Brillouin's name is inscribed in gold above the doorway, together with the date of construction, 1909.

Hfi House had an ambiance of dignity in its early decades. After Brillouin's time it was the family home of poet/entrepreneur Einar Benediktsson. His statue by sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson can be seen here close to the house. The family that longest lived in the house was however that of Dr. Matthias Einarsson. His daughter, Louisa Matthiasdottir, went on to be a famous artist.

From 1938 until post World War II, Hfi House was the residence of the British Consul and later Ambassador. Among those who visited during the war were British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and actress Marlene Dietrich. From the middle of the 20th century many different people lived in Hfi House for varying periods. It was also used as business premises. The City of Reykjavik purchased the house in 1958 and in the following years it was restored. Since 1967 it has been a reception house for the City government.

Hfi House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
2. Hfi House and Marker
The marker is visible here just to the right of the low wall, with the Hfi House in the background.
In October 1986 Hfi House was the setting of the famous summit meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev, which was regarded as marking the beginning of the end of the Cold War. When the Baltic nations reclaimed their independence, Iceland was the first nation to recognise this, and a declaration to that effect was signed in Hfi House in August 1991. Most foreign heads of state who visit Iceland make their way here — to Hfi House.

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(Icelandic side:)

Hfi sr merkilega sgu sem tengist samskiptum slendinga vi arar jir. Hsi var reist Flagstni fyrir franska konslinn, Jean Paul Brillouin. a var hanna Austur-Noregi og flutt tilsnii til slands. byggingunni m sj hrif fr jgendstl, klasssku nbarrokki og norskri jernisrmantik. vihafnarstofu er nafn Brillouins rita gullnu letri yfir dyrum samt byggingarri hssins, 1909.

Mikill viruleikablr rkti yfir Hfa fyrstu ratugina. Eftir Brillouin hafi Einar Benediktsson, skld og athafnamaur, asetur hr samt fjlskyldu sinni. Hggmynd hans eftir smund Sveinsson var fr hinga lina ri 2015. Lengstu bsetu tti hins vegar fjlskylda Matthas-ar Einarssonar lknis. Heimastan, Louisa Matthiasdttir, tti eftir a gera garinn frgan me mlaralist sinni.

Fr rinu 1938 og fram yfir str var Hfi asetur rismanns og sar sendiherra Bretlands. Hinga komu meal annarra heimskn strsrunum Winston Churchill forstisrherra

Hfi House image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
3. Hfi House
Bretlands og sng- og leikkonan Marlene Dietrich. Fr miri 20. ld bj fjldi manna Hfa um lengri ea skemmri tma og ar var einnig atvinnurekstur. Reykjavkurborg keypti hsi ri 1958 og var a, nstu rum endurbtt og frt til fyrri glsileika. Fr rinu 1967 hefur Hfi veri vettvangur fyrir gestamttkur vegum borgarinnar.

Frgur er leitogafundur Reagans og Gorbatsjovs Hfa oktber 1986, sem talinn er marka upphafi a endalokum kalda strisins. slendingar viurkenndu fyrstir ja endurheimt sjlfsti Eystrasaltsrikjanna og var yfirlsing ess efnis undirritu Hfa gst 1991. Erlendir jhfingjar sem skja sland heim koma flestir hinga — Hfa.
 
Erected by City Museum of Reykjavik.
 
Location. 64° 8.779′ N, 21° 54.358′ W. Marker is in Reykjavik, Capital Region Hfuborgarsvi. Marker can be reached from Fjrutn just north of Borgartn. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reykjavik, Capital Region Hfuborgarsvi 105, Iceland.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisa Matthasdttir (a few steps from this marker); Einar Benediktsson (within shouting distance of this marker); Bjarir Reykjavk / Farmsteads in Reykjavk (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Hverfisgata 45 (approx. one kilometer away);

Marker detail: <i>Hfi House around 1940</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1940
4. Marker detail: Hfi House around 1940
Founding of the Reykjavik Water Utility / Uphaf vatnsveitu (approx. one kilometer away); Sjkrahs Hvtabandsins / White Ribbon Hospital (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Neighbourhood of the Gods / Goahverfi (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Laugavegur 15 (approx. 1.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicPoliticsWar, Cold
 
Marker detail: <i>Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan at the Reykjavik summit in 1986</i> image. Click for full size.
October 11, 1986
5. Marker detail: Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan at the Reykjavik summit in 1986
Hfi House and Marker - looking northeast image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
6. Hfi House and Marker - looking northeast
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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