Odd Fellows Mansion, Copenhagen

The Odd Fellows Mansion (Danish: Odd Fellow Palæet) is a Rococo town mansion in Copenhagen, Denmark, named after the local branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows which acquired the building in 1900. Before that, it was known as the Berckentin and later the Schimmelmann Mansion after its successive owners.

Odd Fellows Mansion
The Odd Fellows Mansion seen from Dronningens Tværgade
General information
Architectural styleRococo
Town or cityFrederiksstaden, Copenhagen
Construction started1751
ClientChristian August von Berckentin
Design and construction
ArchitectJohann Gottfried Rosenberg

The Building is located on Bredgade, opposite Dronningens Tværgade for which it serves as a point de vue. It houses a concert hall which is open to the public.


The Berckentin era

The mansion was built as part of the redevelopment of the new Frederiksstaden district. It was designed by Johann Gottfried Rosenberg under the supervision of Nicolai Eigtved who had also conceived the district plan.[1] It was built as a home for the wealthy merchant and politician Christian August von Berckentin who had just been ennobled with the title of count.

After Berckentin's death in 1758, the Berckentin Mansion was taken over by his son-in-law, Christian Sigfred von Plessen, who also owned Glorup Manor on Funen, and had married von Berckentin's daughter Louise von Plessen née Berckentin in 1744.

Schimmelmann Mansion

In 1762, Heinrich von Schimmelmann bought the property which now became known as the Schimmelmann Mansion. After his son Ernst Schimmelmann inherited it in 1782, the Schimmelmann Mansion became the centre of a colourful cultural life. Ernst and his wife, Charlotte Schimmelmann, shared a deep interest in the arts and Charlotte was famous for her salons. In the summer, these pursuits were relocated to their summer residence at Sølyst north of the city.

Cultural references

The building is used as a location in the 1997 film Smilla's Sense of Snow. It is also used as a location in an episode of the YV series Matador.[2]

See also


  1. "Odd Fellow Palæet". Gyldendal. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
  2. "Odd Fellow Palæet". danskefilm.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 19 May 2017.

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