Amerikavej

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Amerikavej ("America Road") is a street in the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen, Denmark.

History[edit]

Amerika Mølle
Amerika Mølle

Copenhagen's gallows were from 1622 to 1792 located approximately where Amerikavej runs today.

John Murray Forbes, America's Chargé d'Addair to Copenhagen, constructed a country house named Amerika at the site in the 1810s, he commissioned Ole Johansen Winstrup to construct a windmill to the rear of the building in 1814. The construction was based on an advanced American adaption of Greek and Spannish windmills; the windmill became colloquially known as Amerika Mølle and that was later adopted as its official name. It was destroyed by fire in 1849 and replaced by a traditional Danish smock mill.

A private road replaced the driveway to the windmill in 1854 and it was officially given the name Amerikavej in 1863.

The upper part of the windmill was dismantled in 1882; the lower part was converted into a poorhouse under the name Københavns Arbejdshjem or Redningshjemmet Nain in 1884.[1]

Buildings[edit]

No. 3 is from 1896 and was designed by Heinrich Hansen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amerikavej". hovedstadshistorie.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 14 March 2019.

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