The Gustmeyer House (Danish: Gustmeyers Gård) is a historic property on Ved Stranden, opposite Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen, in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built in 1797 to a Neoclassical design by Johan Martin Quist. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr was born in the building. McKinsey & Company is now based in the building.
The principal facade facing Ved Stranden
|Current tenants||McKinsey & Company|
|Client||Frederik Ludolf Gustmeyer|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Johan Martin Quist|
The merchant Carl Hieronimus Gustmeyer owned the property in the first half of the 18th century. After his death in 1756, His son took over the property. The building was destroyed in the Copenhagen Fire of 1795. The current building at the site was completed the following year to a design by Johan Martin Quist. Quist was one of a handful of master builders who obtained a near monopoly on the rebuilding of the city after the fire.
Frederik Gustmeyer lost the family fortune during the economic crisis that resulted from Denmark's involvement in the Napoleonic Wars. A later owner of the property was Nicolai Abraham Holten. He sold it when he was appointed as director of Øresund Custom House in Helsingør in 1839.
The building was then home to a clothing company, A. Anckers Manufactur Varelager.
One of Adler's daughters, Ellen (1860-1930), married the physician and physiology professor Christian Bohr (1855-1911) in 1881. Their two sons, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr and the mathematician Harald Bohr, were both born in the building.
The Neoclassical building is one of Copenhagen's first examples of a bourgeois residence with free-standing columns.
The property also includes two lateral wings which connect the main wing to a rear wing facing Admiralgade which served as warehouse for Gustmeyer's business. There is also a one-storey building in the central courtyard which dates from the same time as the rest of the complex.
Gustmeyer House today
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