Storegade 1, House of Court Councillor Wilmerding

At the western end of Storegade, just before the sharp turn, known as the “horse-drawn carriage turn”, stands this medium-sized ducal house. It was built by the retired Local Magistrate and Court Councillor Friedrich Wilmerding (1751-1821), who was unmarried but lived in the house with his housekeeper.

The foundation dates from the late 18th century, but has been altered several times. A sanding of the façade in 2016 showed traces of segmental arches over the windows of the house and a “double-S-arch” over the front door. There were also traces of three original windows in the wall dormer. Today, the house appears as a 19th century house, but the traces show that it was probably built in Rococo style.

In 1851, the house was taken over by butcher Peter Svendsen (1820-1896), who had moved from Elsinore. He had a good business and built a slaughterhouse in the large garden behind the house. After his death, the ground on which the slaughterhouse stood was sold off and subdivided into the current houses Osbækvej 1 and 3.

The flat-roof extension was added by the next owner of the house, Asmus Nielsen, nicknamed Manni, who ran the “Palace Kiosk” (Slotskiosken) from 1958 to 1975. Manni was very active in the local fire brigade, where he was responsible for the hoses spraying the water on the fires. There is a funny satire drawing about him called “When there’s a Fire in Augustenborg” (Venn det brænde i Gustenborre), where Manni hears the fire siren, but cannot find the fire. It turns out that the troublemaker is an old Vauxhall, in which the horn has short-circuited. The “siren” was parked on Jægerpladsen next to Manni’s house!

The kiosk was well patronised by patients and staff from the psychiatric hospital at the Palace but was also used by many locals and young people on their way to the Bathing Huts in the summer.

Today, the extension houses the Atelier Fredensborg of the photographer Hanne Fredensborg. If you follow the road around the bend to the west, you come to Palævej, where you can see the House of the Court Priest and visit the art centre Augustiana.