Friday, August 09, 2013

Verla - FINLAND - UNESCO #751

Another official card from Finland (my 4th) and from a "hard to get" UNESCO site - you can only get postcards from the Verla factory if you visit it! I really enjoy visiting sites from the industrial revolution (New Lanark in Scotland for example, or Völkinger in Germany a wonderful place I've visited last week) they make you think how astonishingly fast the scientific evolution was in the last 150 years... and wonder how the world will be in 150 more. Thank you very much Jorma - now I have 102 different sites, 879 to go.

UNESCO #751 - Verlan Pahvitehdas (1872-1964) - FINLAND
The Verla groundwood and board mill and its associated residential area is an outstanding, remarkably well-preserved example of the small-scale rural industrial settlements associated with pulp, paper and board production that flourished in northern Europe and North America in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Only a handful of such settlements survive to the present day. Although the Verla buildings are in the neo-Gothic style, which was already somewhat outmoded at the time of their construction, they were technically advanced for their time. For example, reinforced concrete floors, using the Hennebique technique only three years after it was patented, were installed in the groundwood mills.

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