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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 50s, 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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  • The views from this houses grounds are lovely especially on a clear day. The house is situated along a very popular seafront walkway which also leads you straight into the Old Harbour area. 
  • Nothing around but this building stands alone. Building is not so great is the historic place of meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev is a lovely building. And I think I came home and the group show. Less staff time may be hard to come up here. We visited here during the walk in the morning before sunrise (10 o'clock).
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  • The house is there, but it's not a museum, so you cannot go in. The house is most notable for being the location where Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in 1986, which is regarded as the beginni...  more »