Heering House

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Heering House
Heerings Gård
Heerings Gård, Christianshavn.jpg
The building seen from across the canal
General information
Architectural style Neoclassical
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Country Denmark
Coordinates 55°40′19.95″N 12°35′23.08″E / 55.6722083°N 12.5897444°E / 55.6722083; 12.5897444
Completed 1785
Client Hans Peder Kofoed
Owner Nordea Foundation
Design and construction
Architect G. E. Rosenberg

The Heering House (Danish: Heerings Gård) i a Neoclassical house overlooking Christianshavn Canal in the Christianshavn neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. It takes its name after Peter Heering who owned it from 1838 until his death in 1875 and it continued to serve as headquarters for his company, Peter Heering, until 1977. The building is now home to the Nordea Foundation, the owner since 1999, as well as six residences available to foreign researchers and specialists, and a museum dedicated to banks and saving banks.


Early history[edit]

A brewery built in the grounds in 1753. In 1785 it was acquired by Hans Peder Kofoed, a sea captain from Bornholm, who built a house towards the street, probably with the assistance of the architect G. E. Rosenberg, where he lived with his family until his death in 1812. After that his wife, Marie, and an adopted son from Saint Croix. When Marie Kofoed became a widow in 1812, she involved herself in philanthropical work in the local community, supporting unmarried women and widows of seamen financially, and continued to live in the house until her own death in 1838.[1]

Heering era[edit]

The house was then purchased by Peter Heering who needed more space for his expanding business enterprises. He had begun a production of Cherry Heering liqueur in 1818 which had gained world-wide success. In 1833 he had also made a move into shipping, acquiring a schooner built in Svaneke on Bornholm. And by 1858, his company, Heering Line, operated a fleet of ten merchant ships which sailed on South America and the Mediterranean Sea.

After Peter Heering's death in 1875, the property remained in the Heering family for another four generations.

Later history[edit]

In 1977 the property was purchased by the Private Bank in 1977. Parts of the building was then rented out to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1999 the property changed hands once again when it was acquired by the Nordea Foundation. From 2008 to 2011 it underwent a DKK 100 mio. renovation.


The main wing towards the street is built in the Neoclassical style. It is 16 bays long and consists of three storeys and a six-bay attic topped by a baluster-balustrade. A sculpted cow's claw above the decorated portal dates from the first owner of the house, Hans Peder Kofoed, and is a reference to his family name, Kofoed, which translates as "cow's foot" and is a name commonly associated with his native island of Bornholm.[1]

A lateral wing on the rear of the building was added in 1926-1927 to a design by Bent Helweg-Møller (1883-1956). It received an award from the City in 1929. The site also comprises the original brewery building which dates from 1759.[2]

Nordea Foundation[edit]

The Nordea Foundation now has its secretariat in the building. The renovation also installed six residences which are available on grant to foreign researchers and specialists under the foundation's residence program.[3]

Museum for Banks and Saving Banks[edit]

The museum was founded by the Private Bank at Børsen in 1857 to mark the 100-years anniversary of the bank's foundation. The displays include the former office of Carl Frederik Tietgen, the bank's founder and director over four decades, who has also been labelled as the most significant Danish entrepreneur of all times. After his death in 1901, the office was transferred to the bank's new headquarters. Tietgen House, and left untouched until the opening of the museum. The museum also features a bank branch, complete with all inventory, from c. 1900, and other artifacts from the history of the Danish bank sector. The museum also has a large exhibition space for changing exhibitions in an adjoining building. The museum is only open on Wednesdays from 13.30-16.30.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Heerings Gaard". Nordea Fonden. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Overgaden Neden Vandet 11 / Wildersgade 12-18" (in Danish). indenforvoldene.dk. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Residence Programme". Nordea Fonden. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Museets historie" (in Danish). Bank- og Sparekassemuseet. Retrieved 2012-04-10. [permanent dead link]

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