Who was Calla Curman?

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Carl Curman 

              Curman houses in Lysekil.

Calla Curman 


Calla Curman was born on 12 november 1850 in Jönköping. Her parents were factory owner, later landlord Carl Frans Lundström and Sofie Malmberg.

C.F. Lundström and his brother Johan Edvard (Janne) Lundström developed the Swedish safety matches that Gustav Erik Pasch had invented in the 1840s. The two Lundström brothers set up the safety match industry that later grew into a worldwide business.

Calla, who was the only child of Carl Lundström and Sofie Malmberg, showed early promise of both musical and literary talent and she received private lessons in French and English.

At the age of 17, she married doctor Adolf Liljenroth. But already in 1874 he died, so four years later she married Carl Curman, a professor at the Art Academy in Stockholm, who was a physician and founder of Lysekil as a seaside resort (1863).

Holiday homes in Lysekil

In 1873 Carl Curman built holiday homes in Lysekil. On Midsummer´s Day 1878 - three months after their wedding - the "Storstugan" burned to the ground. Two years later, Mr and Mrs Curman were able to move into a newly built holiday house, also in Old Nordic style, a building that still stands today at the side of the "Lillstugan" that is a few years older and was not affected by the fire.

Today the Curman houses (see picture above) are owned by the descendants of Carl and Calla Curman (AB Curmans villor in Lysekil).

Calla was a true lover of nature and spent a lot of time outdoors. During the 1880s and 90s she undertook numerous mountaine hikes both in Sweden and Norway. Many summer evenings she went with her walking stick to Stångehuvud, where she sat down at one of the viewpoints at "Vindarnas grotta" (the cave of the winds) or Valhall to see the sun go down.

Floragatan 3 the middle point
In Stockholm Carl and Calla Curman had a house built at Floragatan 3 (see photos from 2012) on Östermalm and this became something of a cultural centre in the social life of Stockholm during the 1880s and 1890s.

Every summer to Lysekil

Calla Curman returned faithfully every summer year after year to Lysekil and Stångehuvud. 
In 1913, her husband Carl passed away and a few years later she started to purchase land in the Stångehuvud area, a labour that was completed in 1920.

Calla Curman passed away on 2nd February 1935 at the age of 84. Her children from her marriage to Carl Curman were Sigurd, director-general of the National Heritage Board, Ingrid married to pediatrician Hjalmar Fries, Nanna married to professor Robert Fries and Carl, a landlord in Antuna.