An event that had a permanent effect on Sundsvall was the great fire that devastated large parts of the town on a day in June in 1888. Almost nothing could be saved of what had once been a lively little wooden town in the southern part Northern Sweden. When it came to rebuilding the town, new fires were to be avoided at all cost. The wealthy sawmill owners, so-called timber squires, therefor invited some of Sweden’s best architects and builders and began rebuilding Sundsvall immediately. The town that emerged with richly decorated four-storied houses in stone with towers, turrets, and bay windows, is unparalleled in this part of Sweden.