«Own Homes» in Høyanger

Biletet viser "Gate 10"; det som seinare blei Hans Hygens gate - 1925

Own Homes houses during construction in September 1925

Own Homes houses can be found in central Høyanger, in addition to some at Sæbøtangen, down by the old docks.

At the beginning of the 20th century, a movement called «Own Homes» started to manifest in Norway, with the purpose of providing housing, with gardens, for the working class. In Høyanger, Own Homes was a large part of NACo’s strategy to build a harmonic and well-regulated society around the industrial town that had started to grow rapidly. NACo bought land that was leased out, part-took in the construction, gave economical support and support for architectural drawings. It was a large investment for the working class families to build houses, and most people therefore had to rent out parts of their houses to fund their own accommodation. Up to 16 people could live in a 49 sq.m. house at the same time. The first Own Homes house was finished in 1924, but few years after this had grown to 42 houses.

"Gate 10", seinare Hans Hygens gate - 1927

Same street as previous image, from Feb 11th 1927 (Photo: Eugen Nordahl-Olsen senior/Høyanger Verk/Fylkesarkivet)

"Gate 10", seinare Hans Hygens gate - 1927

June 2nd 1927 (Photo: Eugen Nordahl-Olsen senior Høyanger Verk/Fylkesarkivet)

"Gate 10", seinare Hans Hygens gate, tek form - 1928

September 30th 1928 (Photo. Eugen Nordahl-Olsen senior Høyanger Verk/Fylkesarkivet)

"Gate 10", seinare Hans Hygens gate - 1939

Street 10 (Hans Hygensgate) August 1939. (Photo: Eugen Nordahl-Olsen senior Høyanger verk/Fylkesarkivet)