Summary in English

The school for girls was built in 1859 by Danish architect Bernhard Seidelin as a primary school for girls of the staff of the Danish navy. The property was built in connection with the development of the Navy's total activities at Holmen and Nyboder in Copenhagen. The building functioned as a school for 450 girls aged six to fourteen for just less than ten years, after which the building housed the Naval College all the way up until after World War II. Among the naval cadets was the king-to-be, King Frederik IX.

vestibule med kig til aula.jpgThe building, which has a total floor area of 2,200 square metres and was listed in 1992, is an exceptionally perfect example of the quality- and function-conscious construction of institutions. From the forecourt the building presents itself stately. The front rises strikingly with large surfaces, regular façade divisions and the protruding middle section, emphasised by a pediment - everything strictly symmetrical. On the original drawings, the gate is located exactly in the middle of the main door, thus emphasising the symmetry even more. The school, the guard house and the encircling wall are built from yellow bricks, and this common use of material provides a strong sense of unity to the building. The rear section of the school, the façade to the west, faced out towards a courtyard, where there were a number of woodsheds and a wash house. The façade was dominated by two stir turrets and a high, narrow ventilation tower.

The building's central room is the double-high assembly hall with gallery passage on the first level and the roof construction in carved wood. It was probably craftsmen from the naval dockyard who carried out the detailed joinery work with leaf and flower decorations and straight and twining fillets, whose ornamentation is inspired by Nordic Mythology. Access to the assembly hall is obtained through the vestibule, which is decorated with masonry arcs in pattern masonry and an impressive stairway whose balustrade consists of a four-leaf clover called a Gothic quatrefoil. The building is thoroughly characterised by selected copy-reliefs by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, as well as detailed and skilled pattern masonry also in the central room of the building, the former gymnasium.

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