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 Røkenes gård

Røkenes gård ( Røkenes Farm)
Address: Stornesveien 127, 9402 Harstad
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Architect: Johann Bernhard Kreytzer
Client: Søren Brønlund Normann
Construction System /
Woodwork; timber; panelling
Building Type: Housing; farmstead
Keywords: Woodwork, timber, panelling, residence, farmstead
Year of Construction: Second half of the eighteenth century
Røkenes Farm occupies an east-facing position in rural surroundings in Bergsvågen, approx. 6 km north of the centre of Harstad. The main building was given preservation status in 1942. The farm itself lies high up in a meadow with a magnificent view over fjords and mountains, with the Grytøy mountains to the north and the Senja mountains, Andørja and Rolla to the east. The farmland had been cleared as early as the time of migration (400-600 AD). It was in use both in Viking times and during the Middle Ages, and people have probably lived here as far back as the Stone Ages.

The main building standing today was built during the latter half of the eighteenth century. History relates that it was the well-known church-builder Johan Kreutzer who was the architect for this house. He was a German woodcarver and builder who travelled north in 1791 to oversee the building of the missionary churches. Here he brought several building projects into being, among them Trondenes Church. This may have been why the main building at Røkenes was built. The Danish Hans Rafn married someone from Røkenes and probably had a house built. It is his descendants who manage the farm today, ten generations on. The land was used for agriculture at Røkenes Farm right up until 1987, when it was turned over to guesthouse accommodation. The buildings were partly rebuilt in order to be able to run the guesthouse in the most attractive and functional fashion for the guests, staff and owners. Røkenes Farm comprises, in addition to the main building, a storehouse, toolshed, accommodation for farmworkers and a cowshed.

The main building was given preservation status in 1942.
Literature: Kulseng, Bodil: Røkenes i Trondenes, Harstad 1994
Lysaker, Trygve: Trondenes Bygdebok, Trondheim 1974
Svendsen, Ola Ø., Fredede hus og anlegg 1, Finnmark, Troms, Nordland, Oslo 1981
Ytreberg, Nils A.: Nordlandske handelssteder, Trondheim 1980
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 24.06.2010
Author: T.N
Photographer: T.A 2009

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