Embassy Oslo launches book to celebrate 100th anniversary of the Ambassador’s residence
November 27, 2012
On Tuesday, November 27, Ambassador Barry B. White and Mrs. Eleanor G. White hosted a reception to mark the completion of the 100th anniversary book on the Ambassador’s residence, Villa Otium. The event attracted around 60 guests, with representatives from the world of architecture, as well as members of the diplomatic community. The Oslo City Conservation Officer was among the guests, as was the Department Director for Architecture from the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design.
The main chapter of the book (by US architecture historian Ms. Jane C. Loeffler) gives an outline of the history of the purchase of the house by U.S. Government in 1923. The book also includes a chapter on the architect Henrik Bull and the art nouveau architecture of the house (by Director of the Norwegian Art Nouveau Center Nils Anker), the builder and first owner of the house Mr. Hans Olsen (by Mr. Hans Christian Erlandsen) and also about the residential garden (by landscape architect Kari Bergo). The three latter authors attended the event.
Download the book here. (PDF - 1.9 MB)