I was wondering why I felt so at home in these buildings and then realized that they reminded me of where I live, the same carpentry work on the doors, similar wood panelling and hinges. The only difference being that one site is in south west Namibia and the other is in Gdansk, Poland.
a ghostly reminder of a time past
Both places were built under Germanic influence, the former being a German colony at the time, and the latter still being in the German empire at the beginning of the 20th century.
Still, it is quite an uncanny experience to walk through rooms similar to the ones you live in at home, but with sand two thirds of the way up the walls and in a totally abandoned environment surrounded by quiet emptiness and arid heat.
Kolmanskop was a diamond mining town for nearly fifty years after a diamond was discovered there by a local man in 1908 leading to a ‚diamond rush‘.
Soon after, a school, hospital , theatre, casino, ice factory were built and by the 1920’s hundreds of German families had moved to the colony to join in the diamond rush.
Fresh water, however (according to another blog “Off 2 Africa” I read) had to be transported all the way from Cape Town in South Africa and therefore cost more per lire than champagne….
Over time the fields became exhausted and the boom came to a slow end. By the mid 50’s the town was left to nature, which has been taking over ever since.
recognize the similarity in the last two photos? the top one is in our building in Gansk, the other is in Kolmanskop.
I am sure if I looked in the basement of our building here I would find something like the last two appliances. After all this building dates back to the 1920’s.
I like that bathroom 🙂
The ‚ghost‘ town is now a photographer’s dream, though the sand is claiming it back, fast, so this is the time to visit. More than a few interior decorators could learn from some of the colours and patterns used on the walls here.