WordPress photo challenge: ”In your photo this week, share something unabashedly ornate — where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out.”
My neighbourhood, Tureborg, got its name from castle on the hill. And the castle was named by its creator Ture Malmgren. He was a journalist, book publisher, and municipal politician. And well-known for his eccentric and extravagant lifestyle.
Ture Malmgren started building his castle 1899. It wasn’t finished until 1912. In 1950, the castle burned to the ground, leaving behind a charred ruin.
Ture Malmgren also built Villa Elfkullen (1886-1887) where he lived with his wife Hilma till he died in 1922 at the age of 71. The house has many lovely details: fireplaces, ceiling paintings and secret compartments. Luckily the house was restored in 1980 after being threatened with demolition. You can still enjoy the features of Villa Elfkullen every summer. Open on Sundays, July–September, 12–17.
Elfkullen is managed by the non-profit association Föreningen Villa Elfkullen.