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Åkehovs Manor

The name ‘Åkeshov’ comes from Kingdom Marshall Åke Axelsson Natt och Dag who, in 1635, purchased the medieval farm, Nockeby, that was originally here. In the 1640’s Åke Axelsson built the stone house and the wings. His daughter, Barbro Åkesdotter inherited the building after his death in 1655.

The manor house was originally two stories with high hipped roof and a stair tower with lantern cap on the courtyard side.

Around 1720, justice chancellor Gabriel Stierncrona purchased Åkeshovs. He, and his son David after him, constructed the main house closer to its current appearance. The external staircase was demolished, replaced by an interior one. The doorway cut of sandstone bearing Stierncorna’s and his wife’s coat-of-arms was made in 1723. The wings received an additional floor. The garden was upgraded to an orangeri with a Rococo facade as the manor’s. The manor’s interior was modernized with new paneling, doors, windows and roof line.

In 1853, Baroness Caroline von Friesendorff purchased the estate and remained in her family until 1894. Afterwards it went through a number of owners.

In 1902, the estate was parceled and the timber compnay Olsson & Rosenlund bought the portion where the manor house stands. The estate began a period of slow decline, the main house standing empty.

The timber company quartered the grounds, sold the lots, built and hired out summer cottages while cutting down the woods around the manor. The 18th century interior decor were plundered and sold especially the wall panels which went for 150 kr for large and 75 kr for the small.

In 1905, the timber company sold the property to the City of Stockholm who was buying up large tracts of land in the Bromma area. The main building was used as a home for the mentally handicapped. During the years of war the estate was used as lodging for the Baltic area refugees and the homeless. Finally, it was used as an elementary school.

When the new elementary school was constructed in 1958, the manor was finally restored. The halls and atrium were restored as much as possible, rediscovered paintings were returned to their original places where possibles and copies used where the originals were lost.

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