Christian Heinrich Grosch
Christian Heinrich Grosch (1801–1865) was a Norwegian
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He was born in Halden
is a both a town and a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The seat of the municipality, Halden is a border town located at the Tista river delta on the Iddefjord, the southernmost border crossing between Norway and Sweden.-History:...

 and educated by his father, Heinrich August Grosch and in Germany
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 and Copenhagen
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Grosch was Oslo's first "city conductor", which is to say he acted as the city's chief architect, planning engineer, and building inspector. He also accepted private architectural assignments and was responsible for many of the city's landmarks, including Kirkeristen, the first campus at the University of Oslo
University of Oslo
The University of Oslo , formerly The Royal Frederick University , is the oldest and largest university in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The university was founded in 1811 and was modelled after the recently established University of Berlin...

, the original building for Norges Bank, Oslo Østbanestasjon and others.

From 1833 to his death in 1865 he was appointed state consultant (Statlig bygningsinspektør) for the royal buildings around Christiania
Oslo is a municipality, as well as the capital and most populous city in Norway. As a municipality , it was established on 1 January 1838. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III of Norway, the city was largely destroyed by fire in 1624. The city was moved under the reign of Denmark–Norway's King...

. He was succeeded by Georg Andreas Bull
Georg Andreas Bull
Georg Andreas Bull was a Norwegian architect and chief building inspector in Christiania for forty years. He was among the leading architects in the country, and left his mark on Norwegian building history both as a creative architect, and through his measurement studies and archeological...

. The position is considered as the predecessor of the government agency Statsbygg
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Other sources

  • Aslaksby, T. & U. Hamran: Arkitektene C.H.G. og Karl Friedrich Schinkel og byggingen av Det kongelige Frederiks Universitet (1986)
  • Bugge, A. Arkitekten, stadskonduktør C.H.G.: hans slekt, hans liv, hans verk (1928)
  • Seip, E. C.H.G.: Arkitekten som ga form til det nye Norge (2001)
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