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Irisvej 15, fra Magnoliavej - DSC_4437_8_9_Balancer | by Lav Ulv
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Irisvej 15, fra Magnoliavej - DSC_4437_8_9_Balancer

Irisvej 15 (built in 1909), 8260 Viby J, viewed from Magnoliavej.


In the middle of the old Rosenvænget district, you would find this once proud and beautiful house. Full of ornamentations and delicate craftsmanship from bygone days.


Not only the house was beautiful - the garden was a sight to behold, and the pride and joy of the owner. Word of the beautiful garden even reached famous danish tv-host Søren Ryge, who paid a visit and made a tv program about it.


But in the end, life catches up with us all and after a long period of illness the owner passed away. Now empty, the house was left to decay for quite a long time. It was listed as worthy of preservation, but condition was poor, and getting worse with each passing month. Tests revealed that a renovation would be prohibitively expensive and all potential buyers got cold feet when they heard the estimates. In the end, the house was in danger of collapsing, so there was no other option than to grant permission for demolition.


This photo is from my first visit, where I only took photos from the street. Not much can be seen here... a big tree has fallen all across the garden, blocking the view. I returned later and got permission to enter the garden and take photos of the house from all angles before it was too late.



From a registrant photowalk series made for the local historical society. The purpose of these walks is not to take photos of individual buildings, but rather to document the streets as a whole in order to preserve the views for future generations.


Some houses will inevitably be obscured behind fences and hedges. In such cases, there will be a photo of the hedge or fence in question. The photo will, of course, be rubbish, but it will accurately show the best possible view from a public road. Over the years, fences and hedges will come and go (as will the houses), sometimes improving the views, other times, the opposite. Also, in some cases, there's a choice between a (reasonably) unobstructed view, but poor lighting conditions, or a severely obstructed view, but better lighting.


I respect people's privacy and generally use the following guidelines...

I blur: license plates of private vehicles parked by private (1- or 2-family) homes, legible names on mailboxes, recognizable faces in fore- or middleground of a photo. I do NOT blur: license plates of commercial vehicles, license plates of private vehicles in traffic (unless in very prominent position), license plates of parked private vehicles by apartment buildings and shops, faces in the background of a photo. For the same reasons, some photos will be downloadable, others not... download (generally) enabled for: public buildings, generic views (streets, nature, events etc.), apartment buildings. Download disabled for: private homes (1- or 2-family), photos of special importance to me.

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Taken on March 13, 2014