Hofdi House, Reykjavik

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Höfði is a house in northern Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, built in 1909. Höfði is located at Félagstún. Initially, it was built for the French consul Jean-Paul Brillouin in Iceland and was the exclusive residence of poet and businessman Einar Benediktsson (1864-1940) for many years. It is best known as the location for the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. That effectively was a step to the end of the Cold War. Within the building, the flags of the United States and the Soviet Union are cross-hung to commemorate the meeting.In the 1940s and 1950s, it was home to the British Embassy in Reykjavík. The city of Reykjavík purchased the house in 1958, restored it to its former glory. From that time used it for formal receptions and festive occasions.On 25 September 2009, on the building's 100th birthday, Höfði was damaged in a fire. All irreplaceable artifacts were saved.In 2015, Einar Benediktsson's statue, by Ásmundur Sveinsson, was moved to a spot near Höfði house.Telecommunications historyThe building was used to make the first radio communications between Iceland and the outside world on 26 June 1905, when contact was made with Poldhu in Cornwall, UK.
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  • On taking the city tour we were given a chance to look at and take photographs of this building which has been used as an embassy by quite a few nations.  more »
  • When our tour brought us here, I was not aware of the role the Hofdi House played in changing the course of history. It was here, in 1986, that U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Russian President Mikha...  more »
  • My mom had heard about this place, so we made a quick stop to check it out. I don't believe you can go inside, but the outside is cool. There are panels near the parking lot that explain the history o...  more »
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  • Easy to get to as it is right off the main road. There is ample parking immediately adjacent to the house so you can park and take photos.
  • This is the start of the end of the Cold War of last century. Though the building is not open to visit but having a walk around and you'll get the feel and understand its historic importance. Benches available to sit down and relax. Impressed that it was prefabricated and shipped all the way from Norway for assembling.
  • Though this place is not open to public, this historical building was where Reagan and Gorbachev ended the cold war in 1986. Built in 1909, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Reykjavík. There is a parking lot here, but it is chargeable.
  • Nth really special but it's made for a French consul so I reckon that's what makes this white house special
  • Easy walk to this place from the centre of Reykjavik. It's where Reagan met Gorbachev to begin the end of the Cold War
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