Sigurd Frosterus

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Sigurd Frosterus (1876-1956) was a Finnish architect, art critic and art collector.

Frosterus graduated in Helsinki University in history of art in 1899, and got a diploma of architecture in 1902.[1] In 1920 he became a doctor with dissertation about use of colour in art.[2]

Frosterus had an architecture studio 1902-1904 with Gustaf Strengell and in 1918-1935 with Ole Gripenberg.[2] Frosterus and Strengell drew villas and manor houses, including Tamminiemi, which later became one of the official residences of the President of Finland from 1940 until 1981.[1]

The most well known work by Frosterus is Stockmann department store in Helsinki. The architecture competition was held in 1916, but the building was finished only in 1930.[2]

Frosterus inspired numerous Finnish artists with his art theories and criticism. He collected post-impressionist art.[3]

Frosterus was the editor of Arkkitehti magazine 1908-1911, and published books about art theory. He was a talented watercolour painter.[2]


  • Inkeroinen powerplant in Kymi 1923
  • Vanajanlinna manor house, 1924
  • Stockmann, Helsinki centre 1930
  • Isohaara powerplant in Kemijoki 1949
  • Helsingin säästöpankki, bank head office, 1932
  • Yhdyspankki, bank head office, 1936


  1. ^ a b "Frosterus, Sigurd". Biografiskt lexikon för Finland (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Arkkitehtiesittely" (in Finnish). Museum of Finish Architecture. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Art as an Attitude - The Sigurd Frosterus Collection". Visit Helsinki. Retrieved 8 January 2017.