Wilhelm von Hanno

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Andreas Friedrich Wilhelm von Hanno
von Hanno and Schirmer's winning (but never built) design for the Parliament of Norway Building

Andreas Friedrich Wilhelm von Hanno (15 December 1826 – 12 December 1882) was a German-born architect, sculptor and painter most noted for his work in Norway.


Plaque to von Hanno on St Olav's Gate, Olso

Wilhelm von Hanno was born in Hamburg, Germany and was educated at Die Hamburgische Gesellschaft zur Beförderung der Künste und Nützlichen Gewerben in Hamburg between the years 1840–43. Wilhelm von Hanno came to Christiania in 1850.

In 1853, von Hanno entered into partnership with Heinrich Ernst Schirmer and designed a number of important structures in the Norway, including a number of station buildings, military buildings and private residences. Among their works were Gaustad Hospital, Tangen Church (1854), Vestre Aker Church (1853–1855) and Østre Aker Church (1857–1860). Schirmer and Hanno designed all stations on Norway's first railway line, the Hoved Line between Christiania and Eidsvoll which were finished in 1854. von Hanno designed Trinity Church (Trefoldighetskirken) (1858) and the first part of Christiania Station, in cooperation with Heinrich Ernst Schirmer. They also designed the initial plans for the Parliament of Norway Building, but this design was later discarded.[1]

From 1862, Wilhelm von Hanno maintained an architectural office in Christiania. His major commission was for the Grønland Church (1866–1868), Grønland fire and police building at Grønlandsleiret 32, (1866) and the Grønland School at Borggata 2b, (1867).

Personal life[edit]

In 1859 Wilhelm von Hanno married Maria Theresia Pallenberg (1827-1898). They were the grandparents of Norwegian artist, Carl von Hanno.



  1. ^ Steigan, Geir Tandberg (2003). "Andreas Friedrich Wilhelm von Hanno (1826-1882)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 5 March 2009.