Sunday, March 09, 2008

By an old Oslo street





















Most of the historic buildings left from Oslos old history is located in the Gamlebyen area and around Akershus fortress. There are, however, other areas off the beaten track, that I would recommend you to visit if you want to see some pearls from Oslos past. One of these areas is the lower stretch of Maridalsveien.


Glads Mølle / Hjula Veveri (1736)

This large wooden building is in fact one of the oldest industrial buildings in the country. It is located one block away from Maridalsveien.

It was established by James Collett, an English immigrant, by his wife Karen Leuch married into the Oslo elite.

It is named after the proprietor of Grefsen gård, Fredrik Glad that took over the building in 1798.

Address: Sandakerveien 10

Vøienvolden gård (1710)

By Maridalsveien you find Vøienvolden gård, one of the oldest farm buildings in Oslo. As early as 1683 Johan Pettersen Bergmann built the first buildings here.

The merchant Wilhelm Cornix owned the farm 1708-1721 and built a renaissance style garden with two fish ponds. It has been run as a farm since 1721.

In the 1830s Haugianerne, the followers of Hans Nielsen Hauge, founder one of the first religious lay movements, assembled here.

Today the farm is owned by the Oslo branch of the Society for the preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments (Fortidsminneforeningen) and is open for the public.

Address: Maridalsveien 120

Nedre Vøyen gård (1783)

This stately building in Louis-seize style is actually a wooden building from the time around the French revolution. Vøyen gård has a history going back to pre christian times.

During medieval times it belonged to Nonneseter monastery in old Oslo. During the industrial era it was the residence of the director of Hjula veveri.

Address: Maridalsveien 87.

Biermannsgården (1700)

This building is the oldest in the whole area. It has architectural features dating back as far as the baroque era.

The house has its name from the merchant Johan F. Biermann. Over the main door you have a sign with the following text.

"DENNE BYGNING DER ANTAGES BYGGET CA. AAR 1700 EIDES AV J. F. BIERMANN (1771-1852) OG KALDES DERFOR BIERMANNSGAARDEN. DEN ANVENDES IFØLGE HANS TESTAMENTARISKE BESTEMMELSE NU SOM FRIITIDSINSTITUSJON FOR BØRN."

"THIS BUILDING BUILT AROUND 1700 WAS OWNED BY J. F. BIERMANN (1771-1852) THUS CALLED BIERMANNSGÅRDEN. IT IS NOW USED, ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS IN HIS WILL, AS AN INSTITUTION FOR CHILDREN."

The buildings housed the first school in the area around 1800. It is now used as a kindergarten.

Address: Maridalsveien 78

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