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Becky Harris added this to Time Travel to Houzzers' Childhood Homes, Part 3
Innsbruck, Austria. "First we lived with my grandparents in the apartment on the second floor right, since the left side was bombed out. When it was rebuilt, we moved into the third-floor apartment on the newly finished side," says Houzz user ruthmand. "The building was built in 1909 and provided nothing but cold water to each flat. Each apartment had a coal bin in the cellar, and we had to haul coal up for heat. Originally my grandmother even had a coal-burning cookstove in the kitchen. This photo of the new paint job was taken recently by my cousin, who still lives in the building. Having been raised in an apartment with three brothers makes me appreciate the spaces we have today!"She adds, "I was born in Innsbruck shortly after the war. My parents immigrated to the U.S. when I was a teenager, and that was the first time we lived in a single-family home. What a thrill for us four kids to be able to run around in our home without the downstairs neighbor knocking up against her ceiling with a broomstick to complain about the noise! To have a yard! The new freedom made up for the fact that we had to learn a new language. Though, I must say, growing up in Innsbruck at that time was wonderful. No one had much of anything, so we all made do with hand-me-downs, meatless meals and sharing living spaces with family yet never felt deprived."