White house

History of the place where I live or lived, is something that was always interested me. Now I live in Restenäs, near Ljungskile in Western Sweden and apparently, this place has a long history behind. I found a few old pictures of Restenäs and decided to compile them so that others would also know history. This article today is just about one house which is currently called “White house” but this series of articles will continue since I have more information and pictures to share.

Since year 1724 in town Backamo was located military camp (regement). In 1880 the new officers house (officersmässen) was built there.

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The view of officersmässen from North, media office is located behind that large top windows. And kids room behind the bottom part of windows. Picture made in about 1890

 

 

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The officersmässen from the frontside, as we see it from behind-Solbaken area. Picture from 1902

 

Those are tough guys that the officersmässen was built for.

Those are tough guys that the officersmässen was built for.

But right before first world war, the regement was moved to a new nice buildings in Uddevalla I 17(which is buildings of KomVux now) and the officers house was not inquired anymore. The house was moved to Restenäs barnhem. Iäm not specialist and dont know all details of moving the house but there are lots of houses in Sweden that were moved from one place to another.

The house looked like this in 1920 and you can still see specially looking entrance - memory of officersmässen

The house looked like this in 1920 and you can still see specially looking entrance – memory of officersmässen

After 4 years almost all traces of officers house were removed from the building and now it looked almost like current whitehouse

The house in 1924, jut before the closing of the barnhem

The house in 1924, jut before the closing of the barnhem in 1925

Since 1926 the territory with the building was passed to västkustens ungdomsskola (so called V.U.S.) I have more pictures related to västkustens ungdomsskola but those are not related to Whitehouse. During the period of VUS whitehouse was extended with the large meeting hall.

Current look of the front of the Whitehouse

Current look of the front of the Whitehouse

All views of the witehouse

All views of the witehouse

All photos are property of Bohuslans Museum and can be found here http://www.vastarvet.se/kulturvast_templates/Kultur_ArticlePageWide.aspx?id=59901

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