Edvard Grieg’s historic villa is being renovated for over NOK 30 million

Edvard Grieg TroldhaugenPhoto: Dan Lundberg / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Edvard Grieg (Bergen, 1843 – Bergen, 1907) is one of Norway’s most famous musicians. His former villa is located on Troldhaugen (“Troll Hill”) in Bergen.

Composer and pianist Edvard Grieg‘s 1885 villa served as the long-time summer home of the musician and his wife, Nina. Grieg spent his last 22 summers at Troldhaugen, where he continued to write and play music.

Today, the site is a very popular tourist destination. It’s been a museum since 1928, and includes the villa, a hut used by the composer, the Grieg couple’s gravesite, and a chamber music hall seating 200 people.

Now, the villa – which also contains Grieg’s very own Steinway piano from 1892 – is being renovated. The building’s refurbishment will cost an estimated NOK 30.5 million in total. Among damages, there are rot, outdated installations that need replacing, and walls that need restoring.

“Over the next ten years, the calculation shows an estimate of NOK 26.8 million,” Christian Fossdal, director of the Bergen kommune’s Agency for Construction and Real Estate, wrote in an email to Bergens Tidende. He added that in the long run, renovations will cost NOK 30.5 million.

If left as is, some of the damage to the villa could be a “danger to life and health” in the future.

“If damages are allowed to develop further without repair, there may be a danger to life and health in the long run. We are not there yet, but we must follow, improve, and prevent in good time,” Fossdal said.

Bergen’s proactive approach will, hopefully, secure this important site as a destination to be visited and enjoyed for many more years to come!

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