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Bigler, Brian J.; Mudrey, Lynn Martinson / The Norway Building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair : a building's journey from Norway to America : an architectural legacy

Architectural legacy,   pp. 72-84 PDF (3.6 MB)

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Frognersaeteren (Frogner Chalet), Oslo, Norway, c. 1910. Architectural
details in this building show many elements of dragon-style influence.
Little Norway Collection.
The Gol church project was probably the formative key that immersed
Hansteen most deeply in the dragon style movement. Gol required exten-
sive restoration, and the architects involved in the project answered many
technical questions by studying other stave churches, including Borgund
Church. Many of the elements found in the Norway Building, particular-
ily in the interior details, reveal that Hansteen was intimately familiar with
these two stave churches.
The Norway Building is constructed on a framework principle which
makes it a classic stave church structure. Paul Anker in Art of Scandinavia
defines stave churches as having two basic elements: a support framework
of intercrossed logs (the chassis), and the vertical columns (the staves),
which create the 3-dimensional framework of the building itself.
The Norwegian word stav, which means a pole, applies to the
corner posts and columns which are essential for upholding the
entire structure, and for joining the fundamental chassis to the
upper braces.2

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