Historicism 1830-1900

About 1830, a break with the previous style occurred, so that the architectural currents in the Europe of the day could be registered directly in the architecture. The new nation state emphasised a Historicism which could serve to buttress the historical justification for the bourgeois nation state. In Denmark, architects at first imported styles from Britain, Germany, France and Italy. Later, a special Nordic National Romanticism was created.

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Ambergs Tinghus i Esbjerg. Foto:Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

Amberg's Court House in Esbjerg (1892)

The old court house in Esbjerg from 1892 consists of two buildings, both of which are listed. The property is a significant example of the historicist style, placed on the corner of the central town square.

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Lars Gundersen

Bindesbøll’s Town Hall in Thisted (1853)

Thisted's old town hall is a fine example of 19th Century provincial town halls built in the eclectic "historicist" style. Built in 1853 to a design by Michael G. Bindesbøll, the town hall is beautifully situated facing the main town square.

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Koch's Court House in St. Heddinge (1838)

The St. Heddinge court house was designed by Jørgen Hansen Koch while the surrounding walls and outhouses were designed by Georg Kretz. The Court House is considered the prototype of the new town halls erected throughout the country at the end of absolutism.

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Lars Gundersen

Kornerup’s Town Hall in Vordingborg (1843 - 45)

The town hall was built in 1843-45 to a design by Royal Building Inspector Peter Kornerup. The town hall is one of the earliest and quite rare examples of the neo-Gothic style in Denmark. The house is centrally located in the town, facing the old castle with its famous 'Goose Tower'.

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Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

Meldahl’s Town Hall in Fredericia (1860)

Fredericia's town hall was built in 1860 following a design by architect Ferdinand Meldahl. It served its original dual purpose of court house and prison until 2003, albeit in later years solely as court house for the criminal court.

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Kalines Hus. Foto:Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

Seaweed Houses on Læsø - Kaline's House (1865)

The restoration of the historic house, Kalines House, aims at ensuring the proliferation of the island's centuries old building practice. Kalines House is the first part of the project 'Seaweed Houses on Læsø' - also see The Modern Seaweed House

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Realdania Byg

The Grey Lighthouse, Skagen (1858 (restoration 2015-2017))

The Grey Lighthouse in Skagen was built 1858 after drawings by the Danish architect N.S. Nebelong. It is situated on the center of Skagen Odde, and shoots 46 meters up in the sky - making it the second tallest lighthouse in Denmark.

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Per Munkgård Thorsen/Lars Degnbol

The Navy’s School for Girls (1858)

The building was designed by architect Bernhard Seidelin and built in 1858 to support the navy's activities on Holmen and in Nyboder. Designed as a school for girls it functioned as such for barely 10 years after which it housed the Naval College.

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Jens Lindhe

Tvede's Town Hall in Sorø (1880)

Sorø town hall was designed by architect Vilhelm Tvede and built in 1880 after a fire had destroyed the previous, neo-classicistic, town hall from 1844, of which only the prison wing exists today.

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