Regrettably, the text below is historic. On the morning of 6 May 2017 the chapel burnt down to the ground. Prior to the fire, the building had been repeatedly vandalized — and repeatedly restored.
There is an ongoing investigation concerning the damages that were made to the building and the fire that took place a month later.
The Lutheran Chapel and former EFS Church in the community of Bollstabruk, the County of Ångermanland in northern Sweden, is a log building in neogothic style from the early 1900s that include a prayer hall, living quarters, towers and verandas.
In the Swedish edition of Classic Swedish Interiors by Lars Sjöberg and photography by Inga-Lill Snitt, the Lutheran Chapel is the only building in Northern Sweden represented.
The chapel was abandoned and threatened by demolition when Lars Sjöberg got engaged in saving the building. Today Lars Sjöberg stands as the owner of the building.
In the summer of 2011, Lars Sjöberg started restoring the chapel. The following summer a fund was initiated in connection to a lecture Lars Sjöberg held in the building. A new roof is a prerequisite for saving the building.
”My goals have always been to salvage and reveal hidden qualities wherever possible. I feel that if we bulldoze or strip away the past we are depriving the next generation of an essential part of their cultural heritage.”
— Author, curator, Lars Sjöberg in “Classical Swedish Interiors”.
See as well, A collector whose passion is saving old houses, The New York Times, 27 August 2000.
Articles in English on this site, related to Bollstabruk and/or the Lutheran Chapel.
Photos, interiors and exteriors of the Lutheran Chapel.
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