The other Victoria

The other Victoria

Victoria Terrasse, Oslo.

 

Originally built in 1885-1890 as a luxury residential development, designed by architect Henrik Thrap-Meyer, it occupied three city blocks and consisted of 13 buildings with sprawling apartments, up to 12-rooms (460 square meters), with amenities extraordinary for the time, such as electricity and bathrooms. The playwright Henrik Ibsen lived there in 1891-95.

 

However, the economics of the undertaking as a residential complex did not turn out right, so over the years the apartments were converted to offices, than taken over by the State. During World War II, the nazis turned it into the Gestapo headquarters in Norway. It automatically became a target for bombing by the allies, which eventually wiped out one of the buildings, at the eastern end of the complex. That building was rebuilt in the early 1960s, designed by Bernt Heiberg and Ola Mørk Sandvik, in the drab style of official buildings of the times. It was completed in 1963.

 

Victoria Terrasse was named not for Queen Victoria of England but for the other queen Victoria, Victoria of Baden (1862-1930), the wife of King Gustav V of Sweden. At the time of the original building’s completion in 1890, Gustav was Crown Prince of Sweden and Norway and Victoria was Crown Princess.

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Railway Café

Railway Café

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The spirit of Vasastan

The spirit of Vasastan

Detail of Frejgatan 32, built 1906-1910, designed by Dorph & Höög, one of the largest and most prolific architecture firms in Scandinavia at teh beginning of the 20th century. Between 1903 amd 1907, they designed some 250 buildings most of them in the Vasastan and Södermalm areas of Stockholm. Disparaged by architecture critics at the time, their buildings are now the pride of any street that has them.

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