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 Vardø rådhus

Vardø rådhus (Vardø Town Hall) ( Rådhuset (The Town Hall))
Address: Kirkegata 4, 9950 Vardø
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Architect: The architectural firm Berner & Evensen
Client: Vardø municipality
Construction System /
Finished concrete
Building Type: Public building, town hall
Keywords: town house, pyramid roof, slate, plastered concrete
Year of Construction: 1954
Vardø Town Hall, with its monumental shape and strategic positioning, is the first thing you see on arrival in the town. Carefully positioned on Valen, between Vester- and Østervågen, you come across it just past the first undersea tunnel to be constructed in Northern Europe. The town of Vardø escaped complete destruction during the Second World War, so there are good examples of both pre-war architecture, such as Brodtkorpbryggene (the Brodtkorp wharves, glimpsed on the left in this photograph) and reconstruction architecture dating from the 1950s.

The Town Hall in Vardø was built during the 1950s and is simple and plain in design. The high pyramid-shaped roof, tiled with black slates, the collection of strategic window openings in the building walls, as well as entrances with simple collared coverings, all lend character to the building.

In Vardø it is said that the Town Hall is an enlarged version of the well-house at the Vardøhus Fort.
Literature: Dancke, Trond M.E.: Opp av ruinene, Oslo 1986
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 21.10.2008
Author: I.H.U
Photographer: M.D; I.H.U

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