Off to Gunnebo Castle, I mean House
Gothenburg Travel Blog› entry 3 of 4 › view all entries
May 13th, 2007 – by: bbbui
Taken from the brochure, a little about Gunnebo House:
Gunnebo House is set within the 100 acres of the reserve, along with other buildings, gardens, parks, fields and forests. The house was built at the end of teh 18th century as a grand summer residence for the wealthy merchant John Hall. It was described as "the most beautiful and exquisite wooden building in the kingdom".
In 1778 John Hall purchased the estate in order to erect a villa where he could reside during the summer. Carl Wilhelm Carlberg, the town architect of Gothenburg, was commissioned to design the entire estate, including the interior decoration, most of the furniture, the gardens and the surrounding buildings. It is one of Sweden's best exemples of neoclassical architecture.
After the death of John Hall Sr., his son, John Hall Jr., took over the family company. Although artistically gifted, he did not inherit his father's business acumen. The Hall trading house was put into receivership in 1807 and for Gunnebo a period of decay followed. Gunnebo was sold at auction and the estate finally came into the ownership of Baron Carl Sparre and his wife Baroness Hilda Sparre. They looked after and preserved Gunnebo and allowed a great deal of the original detail to remain. After the death of Hilda Sparre, Gunnebo was purchased by the Municipality of Mölndal. Between 1949 and 1952 the house was renovated, following the original drawings and other documentation.
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