NORWAY, Eidsvoll VerkConservation
MANOR HOUSE IN EIDSVOLL
The Manor House in Eidsvoll has a unique place in Norwegian history. Here the independent Norway was reborn and its constitution drawn up in 1814. Then, Carsten Anker, owner of the nearby ironworks, placed his home at the disposal of the new National Assembly. His house was one of the largest and most modern private residences in Norway. However subsequent repairs and restorations had changed much of the original character of the building.
The aim of the project, undertaken to commemorate the Constitution anniversary in 2014, was to restore the building to its appearance and condition in 1814. It was necessary to repair extensive rot damage, reconstruct the facades and the basement, with kitchen and servants’ quarters, and to restore the interior. Reconstruction is based on actual discoveries in the building and a rich collection of sources. After restoration the building now allows for a much better understanding of the climate and environment in which the work for independency took place.
The Jury found themselves taken back to the Europe of 1814, and were entranced by the authentic recreation of colours, tapestries and textiles to recreate the astonishingly bright tones and richness of the period, in its painting and textiles. They respected the generosity of government funding on the restoration of Manor House, as well as the degree of detail concentrated in the building documentation and research for this project. Despite many earlier restorations and renovations, many hitherto undiscovered traces of the original interior and exterior were identified, such as those referred to in the many letters sent home by original members of the National Assembly and their diaries.
Photo credit: Trond Isaksen
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