“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Stockholm in Stockholm County, Södermanland Province, Sweden — Northern Europe (Scandinavia)

Tessinska Palatset / Tessin Palace

Tessinska Palatset / Tessin Palace Marker <i>(click on photo to enlarge)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 11, 2017
1. Tessinska Palatset / Tessin Palace Marker (click on photo to enlarge)
Inscription.   Nicodemus Tessin, Stockholms slotts arkitekt, köpte 1692 några tomter på denna sida Slottsbacken, där han för sig och sin hustru Hedvig Stenbock skapade ett av de märkligaste palatsen i landet. Den strama fasaden i romersk barock döljer ett praktfullt inre. Palatsets flyglar omramar en parterr med buxbom klippt i arabesker och en fontän samt en bakre mer lummig del.

Från bottenvåningens pelarhall mot trädgården leder trappan till en paradsvit, där Tessin skapade slottsfika rum dekorerade av franska konstnärer.

Palatset ärvdes 1728 av sonen Carl Gustaf Tessin, diplomat, politiker och konstsamlare. 1755 tvingades han sälja fastigheten av ekonomiska skäl. Kronan inköpte palatset som framtida bostad för prins Karl. 1773 köptes det av Stockholms stad som bostad för överståthållaren efter det att prinsen fått bostad på Kungliga slottet. Den förste överståthållaren som flyttade in i det då upprustade palatset var Carl Sparre, en släkting till Tessin.

Sedan 1968 bor landshövdingen i Stockholms län i Tessinska palatset, som numera ägs av staten.

Byggnaden förvaltas av Statens fastighetsverk.


Tessinska Palatset / Tessin Palace Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 11, 2017
2. Tessinska Palatset / Tessin Palace Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here on the left side of the entryway of the rightmost door.

In 1692, Nicodemus Tessin (the Younger), architect of the Stockholm Palace (or Royal Palace), bought a plot of land here on Slottsbacken, where he and his wife Hedvig Stenbock created one of the most remarkable palaces in the country. The austere Roman baroque facade conceals a magnificent interior. The palace wings enclose a set of boxwood hedges trimmed into an arabesk shape (see diagram on marker), as well as a fountain and rear landscaped with greenery.

The stairs by the ground-floor portico to the garden lead to a parade suite, where Tessin had a grand sitting room decorated by French artists.

The palace was inherited in 1728 by Tessin's son, Carl Gustaf Tessin, a diplomat, politician and art collector. In 1755 he was forced to sell the property for economic reasons. The Crown purchased the palace as a future residence for Prince Karl. In 1773, it was bought by the City of Stockholm as a residence for the the Over-Governor after the prince took up residence at the Royal Palace. The first Over-Governor who moved into the palace then was Carl Sparre, a relative of Tessin.

Since 1968, the Stockholm County Governor has occupied Tessin Palace, which is now owned by the State.

The building is managed by the State Property Agency.
Erected by Statens Fastighetsverk

Tessinska Palatset / Tessin Palace and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 11, 2017
3. Tessinska Palatset / Tessin Palace and Marker
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 59° 19.548′ N, 18° 4.371′ E. Marker is in Stockholm, Södermanland Province, in Stockholm County. Marker is at the intersection of Slottsbacken and Bollhusgränd on Slottsbacken. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Slottsbacken 4, Stockholm, Södermanland Province 114 84, Sweden. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kvarteret Cepheus / Cepheus Neighborhood (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Lydert Bartels' Hus (House) (about 90 meters away); Källaren Fimmelstången / The Fimmelstången Tavern (about 150 meters away); Stuténska Huset / The Stuten Building (about 180 meters away); Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) (about 180 meters away); Oxenstiernska Palatset / Oxenstierna Palace (about 180 meters away); "Lejonet" / "The Lion" (about 210 meters away); Storkyrkans Hus / Cathedral House (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockholm.
Also see . . .  Tessin Palace: A Peek Into the Architect’s Mind (Trevl). "The uniqueness of the Tessin Palace lies in the fact that, as the name suggests, Nicodemus Tessin was not only its architect but also the owner. Therefore, the palace is the only building he designed where the architect was not limited
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by a customer’s requirements, budget, or opinions. Tessin took full advantage of the situation and the result was a truly stunning structure with many unique and experimental features." (Submitted on January 22, 2018.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 22, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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