The buildings, situated in Bredgade in Copenhagen and currently housing the Danish Museum of Art & Design, were, along with the rest of Frederiksstaden, designed by Nicolai Eigtved and Lauritz de Thurah and built in 1752-1757. It opened on March 31, 1757 on the birthday of Frederick V.
The hospital was run as an independent institution with the purpose of giving free care and cure to patients without means. About two thirds of the patients were treated free of charge. Seat of Fødsels- og Pleiestiftelsen (period unknown).
Until 1848 Frederiks Hospital was managed by the Danish Chancellory, from 1848 to 1871 by the Ministry of Justice and from there on by the Ministry of Church and Education. On November 11, 1855, the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard died here.
In 1910 the hospital was closed down as Rigshospitalet was founded.
- Johannessen, Finn Erhard 1997, Alltid underveis. Postverkets historie gjennom 350 år, bd. 1. Oslo. (also used here)
- http://www.rigshospitalet.dk/menu/OM+RIGSHOSPITALET/250+aars+historie/Historiske+boeger+i+version/, access 27 May 2008
- Claudius Rosenhoff, "Kjøbenhavn. Illustreret Veiviser og Beskrivelse over Byen og Omegnen", p. 104-, 1857.