Skomagersvendebroderskabets Stiftelse, Istedgade
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The Shoemaker's Institution" was one of the first buildings to be built south of Vesterbrogade after the boundaries of Copenhagen were expanded in 1852. It was built by the Danish Shoemakers' Guild in 1858 as a social housing project for its members.…

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In 1953, the Shoemakers' Guild sold the building and it began a rather turbulent period with various owners and slow decline. In the 1970s it was seized by squatters for a while, and by 1990 the flats were in such bad condition that the building was declared unfit for habitation. During urban renewal of the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen, the City took possession of the property. This provoked an intense discussion among local politicians and the residents of Vesterbro objected violently when at one point the building was seriously threatened with demolition. Even after it was listed in 1992, discussions continued when, in 1993, a local Conservative politician suggested that the building should be delisted and the whole of the street levelled.

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