Ryesgade is a street straddling the border of the Nørrebro and Østerbro districts of Copenhagen, Denmark. Together with Ravnsborggade, its continuation to the south, it forms the backbone of a small neighbourhood bounded by The Lakes to the east, Blegdamsvej to the west, Nørrebrogade to the south and Østerbrogade to the north. The busy artery Fredensgade and Fredens Park, a narrow green space which runs along its northside, effectively separates the Nørrebro and Østerbro portions of Ryesgade from each other. Ryesgade was formerly known for its many second-hand stores of which a few still exist today.
The area around Ryesgade was developed in the 1870s and 1880s. The streets were named for military figures from Denmark's most recent wars, First Schleswig War (1949–50) and Second Schleswig War (1864). Ryesgade takes its name after Olaf Rye. Other street names in the area include Hedemannsgade, Helgesensgade, Irmingersgade, Kroghsgade, Lundingsgade, Læssøesgade, Schleppegrellsgade and Trepkasgade. The area was a dense working-class neighbourhood, featuring a combination of factories, workshops and very small apartments.
On 1 June 1983 squatters moved into No. 58. No. 63–65 was also squatted on 4 December 1985 and cleared by the police on 11 February 1986. The situation culminated in the Ryesgade Riots which occurred in mid-September. The squatters ultimately left No. 58 on 22 September.
Notable buildings and residents
A number of the old industrial buildings are still found in the Nørrebro section of the street. No. 3 is a former metal goods factory, Nordisk Metalvarefabrik. The main wing on Ryesgade was originally a social institution, built in 1752 to a design by Niels Sigfred Nebelong. The wing on Sankt Hans Gade and a number of smaller stable and storage buildings were added in 1971. In 1895 the complex was taken over by the metal goods factory which remained on the site until the 1940s. The building is now owned by C. W. Obel and houses creative businesses as well as Nørrebro Bryghus. No. 48 is a former starch factory. No. 51–55 is a former machine factory, Nielsen & Winther, built in 1916 to a design by Frederik Wagner.
Sortedam School is located at No. 120. No. 101 is the former Ryesgade School, which was completed in 1891 to a design by Hans Jørgen Holm . On the opposite side of the street, at No. 104, is the rear side of Soldenfeldts Stiftelse, a home for elderly women. The front of the building faces Sortedams Doseringen.
There are two churches in the street. Church of Peace was built in 1899, although the tower was not added until 1906. Nazareth Church at No. 106B was built between 102 and 104 to a design by Victor Nyebølle. In 2013, Church of Peace was one of 14 churches in Copenhagen which was nominated for closure by the Bishop of Copenhagen.
On the corner of Irmingergade, there is a plaque commemorating Svend Rothenberg Frederiksen, a member of the Danish resistance movement, who was shot at the site on 2 May 1945.
In popular culture
The street is used as a location in the 1971 film The Missing Clerk.
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