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Dragør is a sea port on the island of Amager. The town centre has changed little since it was built in 1750-1850. Early efforts have successfully preserved the old town, with its terraced yellow houses along narrow cobbled streets. All the houses have gardens facing…

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Decline meant preservation

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Time / Periode 1750 1850
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In the early 1900s, Dragør was a town in decline. As a port, it had failed to make the transition from sail to steam. Dragør's inhabitants could no longer make a living from transporting goods on their sailing ships. The old houses were left standing and received only the most basic repairs. But this olde-worlde ambience appealed to the town's doctor, one Poul Dich. He called for the preservation of the town's distinctive features and its historic values. In 1934 he was instrumental in founding the Dragør Conservation Board on which politicians and townspeople made joint decisions on Dragør's development . This process meant that in 1964 Dragør was the first town in Denmark to devise a town-conservation policy. Today, Dragør is one of the best-preserved towns in Denmark.

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