Odd Fellows Mansion, Copenhagen


Odd Fellows Mansion, Copenhagen
Odd Fellows Mansion

The Odd Fellows Mansion seen from Dronningens Tværgade
General information
Architectural style Rococo
Town or city Frederiksstaden, Copenhagen
Country Denmark
Construction started 1751
Completed 1755
Design and construction
Client Christian August von Berckentin
Architect Johann Gottfried Rosenberg

The Odd Fellows Mansion (Danish: Odd Fellow Palæet) is a Rococo town mansion in Copenhagen, Denmark, named after the local branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows which acquired the building in 1900. Before that, it was known as the Berckentin and later the Schimmelmann Mansion after its successive owners.

The Building is located on Bredgade, opposite Dronningens Tværgade for which it serves as a point de vue. It houses a concert hall which is open to the public.

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History

The Berckentin era

The mansion was built as part of the redevelopment of the new Frederiksstaden district. It was designed by Johann Gottfried Rosenberg under the supervision of Nicolai Eigtved who had also conceived the district plan.[1] It was built as a home for the wealthy merchant and politician Christian August von Berckentin who had just been ennobled with the title of count.

After Berckentin's death in 1758, the Berckentin Mansion was taken over by his son-in-law, Christian Sigfred von Plessen, who also owned Glorup Manor on Funen, and had married von Berckentin's daughter Louise von Plessen née Berckentin in 1744.

Schimmelmann Mansion

In 1762, Heinrich von Schimmelmann bought the property which now became known as the Schimmelmann Mansion. After his son Ernst Schimmelmann inherited it in 1782, the Schimmelmann Mansion became the centre of a colourful cultural life. Ernst and his wife, Charlotte Schimmelmann, shared a deep interest in the arts and Charlotte was famous for her salons. In the summer, these pursuits were relocated to their summer residence at Sølyst north of the city.

See also

  • Freemason's Hall, Copenhagen

References

Coordinates: 55°40′58″N 12°35′24″E / 55.68278°N 12.59°E / 55.68278; 12.59


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