The Old City Hall (Kronhuset) behind the Gustav Adolf Square is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It was built in the mid-17th century as a storehouse for military uniforms and other military equipment. Now it is a living craft centre in a historic setting.
Around the Old City Hall you find "Kronhusbodarna", a number of smaller buidlings.The west wing served as carriage storage and warehouse, and was built around 1750 after the previous wooden buildings around Kronhuset burned down.
The east wing was built in 1759 for artillery weapon smiths, turners and saddlers. Sweden was at this time mobilizing for war with Denmark and the demande for a warehouse in Gothenburg was therefore high.
Kronhuset was built in Dutch style, and apart from the brick walls and ceiling, it's made entirely of wood. It is six stories high and the ground floor has no supporting pillars, which means that you could more easily move around guns and vehicles.
When the parliament convened in Gothenburg Kronhuset also functioned as parliament house. Nowadays the neighbourhood is a vibrant craft centre. In the small sheds the are shops for glassworks, chocolate, candy, furniture, clocks, pottery and leather. There is also a popular cafe and bakery.