Åbøbyen is one of the best-preserved housing areas for industrial workers and clerical staff we still have from the development of energy-intensive industry in this country.
The town site, or the Americans’ Town as it also has been called, includes fine examples of Neo-classicist architecture from the 1920s as well as functionalist and post-war architecture.
The residential districts at the Sauda smelting plant have obviously been divided by social class with the workers’ houses closest to the factory, the clerical staff’s houses farther away and the director’s villa farthest from the factory and highest up on the hill.
The harmony of the town setting, its variations, details and high architectural qualities make it an especially good place for a leisurely walk.
Ryfylkemuseet has established an industrial workers’ museum in the four-family house at Haakonsgate 51-53. One ground-floor apartment is furnished in 1920s-style as when the house was newly built, while the furnishings of a second-floor apartment date to the 1960s. The other ground-floor apartment houses an exhibition on Sauda’s industrial history focusing on the workers.
Industriarbeidarmuseet lies a short walk from Sauda’s business district. Walk toward Sauda stadium and then on Håkonsgata. The museum lies to the right a short distance up this street (address: Håkonsgata 51-53).