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.
The 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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  • It was also used as an ordinary residence and is now owned by reykjavik city and used as a guest house. It is famous as the place of the Gorbachev meeting in Reagan in 1986. Because it looks like a two-story house with a big, it will be missed if there is no explanation.
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  • The white, Danish-style house sits looking out into the harbor at Reykjavik. This is the historic place where Reagan and Gorbachev signed the documents that ended the Cold War in 1987. We could not to...  more »
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  • This iconic house is somewhat lost on the outskirts of the city, because although this house seems simple and insignificant, one of the most important events of the Cold War took place here in 1986. During the Reykjavik Summit, Gorbachev and Reagan talk about ending the Cold War and improving relations between the USSR and the USA.
  • Not a whole lot to see or do here but get a photo of a house of great historical and political importance. This is the location where Reagan and Gorbachev signed the documents to begin ending the Cold War. Also, significant in that signing those papers would also be the beginning of the end of the USSR.
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