Herskind's House

Herskind's House
Herskinds Gård or Købmand Herskinds Gård
Købmand Herskinds Gård, 1.jpg
General information
Architectural styleClassicism, Empire
LocationAarhus, Denmark
Technical details
Floor count3
Floor area2,085 m2 (22,440 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Anton Gert Monrad

Herskind's House (Danish: Herskinds Gård) is a house and a listed building in Aarhus, Denmark. The house was built in approximately 1850 and was listed on the Danish registry of protected buildings and places by the Danish Heritage Agency on 2 October 1970.[1] The house is situated in the historic Indre by neighborhood on Frederiksgade, close to the City Hall.


The house was built in 1850 by the architect Anton Gert Monrad for Michael Herskind who was a prominent merchant and politician at the time. Michael Herskind was a member of the city council between 1848–1860, vice president of the city council between 1848–1854 and president 1854–1860. He also held positions as the city representative in the housing commission, budget commission and school commission at different times. Herskind belonged to one of the older merchant families of the city and after spending some years in Hamburg and London he established himself in Aarhus with an import business.[2]

The building consisted of the main building constructed by Herskind and two other wings; a half-timbered back building from 1726 which was renovated by Herskind during construction of the main building and another smaller building facing the street. When Herskind left the property the buildings was owned by a series of merchants who expanded the property at different times. In 1865 a connection was constructed between the main house and the south-wing and in 1858 a low north-wing was built.[2]

In 1907 a missionary hotel was established in the building. In 1919–1924 the hotel was bought by a local factory owner who turned it into a regular hotel. During this period artworks from many artists such as Peder Mørk Mønsted and P.S. Krøyer accumulated in the hotel that had become a popular destination for tourists. The hotel lasted until 1977 when the building was bought by Aarhus Municipality which thoroughly renovated it.[2] The building became home to different administrative departments under the city until the building was put up for sale in 2010 and bought by an NGO.[3]


The main structure is a 3 story classicist and empire style building with mansard roof with prominent dormer windows. The facades are plastered and painted beige or off-white with red window frames.[4]


  1. ^ "Købmand Herskinds Hus" (in Danish). Danish Heritage Agency. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Frederiksgade 79 Historisk" (in Danish). FO-byen. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Aarhus Kommune saelger ejendommen Frederiksgade" (in Danish). Aarhus Municipality. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Byggeskik" (in Danish). Aarhus Municipality. Archived from the original on 31 July 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2016.

External links

  • "Fredede Bygninger Marts 2018" [Listed Buildings March 2018] (PDF) (in Danish). Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

Coordinates: 56°09′13″N 10°12′12″E / 56.1537°N 10.2032°E / 56.1537; 10.2032

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