Christian Heinrich Grosch

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Headstone of Christian Henrik Grosch at Vår Frelsers gravlund, Oslo

Christian Heinrich Grosch (1801–1865) was a Norwegian architect.

He was born in Halden and educated by his father, Heinrich August Grosch and in Germany and Copenhagen.

Grosch was Oslo's first "city conductor", which is to say he acted as the city's chief architect, planning engineer, and building inspector. He also accepted private architectural assignments and was responsible for many of the city's landmarks, including the oldest part of Oslo Stock Exchange (Oslo Børs), Kirkeristen, the first campus at the University of Oslo, the original building for Norges Bank, Oslo Østbanestasjon, the factory building of Prinds Christian Augusts Minde and others.

From 1833 to his death in 1865 he was appointed state consultant (Statlig bygningsinspektør) for the royal buildings around Christiania. He was succeeded by Georg Andreas Bull. The position is considered as the predecessor of the government agency Statsbygg.[1]

The Grosch medal was established on the 200th anniversary of his birth as an architecture award in Norway.



Other sources[edit]

  • Aslaksby, T. & U. Hamran: Arkitektene C.H.G. og Karl Friedrich Schinkel og byggingen av Det kongelige Frederiks Universitet (1986)
  • Bugge, A. Arkitekten, stadskonduktør C.H.G.: hans slekt, hans liv, hans verk (1928)
  • Seip, E. C.H.G.: Arkitekten som ga form til det nye Norge (2001)
Preceded by
Christian Ancher Collett
Royal Building Inspector
Succeeded by
Georg Andreas Bull