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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
(1992)

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


Page 80

Upper detail of the Norway Building's
nave shows the clerestory windows and
St. Andrew's crosses.
Photo by Randy Winner. Little Norway Collection.
Detail of parquet floor, contemporary to the 1890's.
Photo by Randy Winner. Little Norway Collection.
Borgund, Hegge and Gol all have these same elements as part of their
design. The massive door is ornamented with hand-wrought iron hinges
and a ring knocker, and is almost 3 inches thick.
On the exterior of the building, the multi-level rooflines originally were
sheathed with heavy, dragon-scale shingles. The unusual texture was fur-
ther enhanced with multi-colored paint, giving the roof a most distinc-
tive character. Fire-breathing dragons define the roofpeaks and accentuate
the verticality of the structure. Other similarities to the old stave
churches, such as the latticed gables, dragon-surmounted tower and heavy
porch posts, all suggest much careful study.
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