In 1905, the building site, Vesterbrogade 34 was bought by master cabinetmaker Carl Kaas-Rasmussen, who with his own means paid for the construction of the building you see today. He gave Anton Rosen, who is also known as the architect of Palace Hotel in Copenhagen (erected 1906-10), the commission of designing the “Løvenborg” building. When the building was completed in 1906, it accommodated an office building of 5 storeys and a wing in which Savoy Hotel resided.
The building of “Løvenborg”, which was listed a historical building in 1985, is considered an architectural gem and it is characterized by Anton Rosen’s great interest in the decorative Art Nouveau style, and it continues to be one of the few remaining buildings in Denmark still in this original style.
These characteristics are particularly distinct on the fascinating front, which was the first of its kind in Denmark. The front is a so-called “Curtain Wall”, which means that the light front is not part of the bearing construction, but merely suspended on the building.
The great richness in details on the front includes artificial sandstone, wrought iron, copper and gilded ornaments. In 1996, after the renovation conducted by the Danish Agency of Cultural Inheritance and the following restoration in 2001, by the Margot and Thorvald Dreyer Foundation, the front is now once again a unique part of Vesterbro.
Besides having rooms fitted with electrical light and heating, as the 1906 advertisement boasted, no expenses were spared when decorating the hotel.
Denmark’s first lift, in which the hoist was placed at the bottom of the lift shaft, was installed as well. Even today a 100 years later, the original lift is still fully operational.
On the original main staircase, which was thoroughly renovated in 2006, one can still observe Anton Rosen’s sense of detail in the stucco and joinery work.
Anton Rosen was bord in 1859 in Horsens on Jutland. First he was educated as a brick layer and made his way via the technical school in Copenhagen to the school of architecture, where he graduated in 1882.
Anton Rosen has put his finger print on Copenhagen through many of his buildings. The most famous ones are the Ørneapotheket, a farmacy on Vestergade, the water tower next to the fabric factory and of course the Savoy Hotel. Savoy Hotel’s building is also called the Løvenborg, the front facade has been protected and is maintained to reflect the original style. Just next to the town hall square is the Palace Hotel and on Strandvej is the former administrative building of Tuborg, all of which are famous buildings of his.
Many of his buildings can be found in Silkeborg, but also in Copenhagen, the surroundings and the Danish countryside.