Kristiansand City Hall

Kristiansand City Hall is located on the upper square in Kristiansand municipality in Vest-Agder, Norway. The city hall houses city council hall and meeting rooms. The municipal administration, including the mayor's office is located in the other buildings with front facing the square. These offices also have access from the neighboring street Tollbodgata.[1]

Kristiansand City Hall
Kristiansand rådhus
City Hall building as seen from the square
The City Hall as seen from the square
General information
LocationKvadraturen, Kristiansand, Norway
Coordinates58°8′48″N 7°59′49″E / 58.14667°N 7.99694°E / 58.14667; 7.99694
Current tenantsKristiansand City Council
Construction started1863
Reconstructed 1982
OwnerKristiansand Municipality
Design and construction
ArchitectCarl Emil Kaurin
Alf Erikstad
Olav Breen: Kristiansand - en mangfoldig by[1]


In the early 19th century the city had few public buildings. In the 1830s began the need for municipal buildings to be intrusive. It was planned a town hall that would contain courthouse, tax collector, police commissioner, magistrate - and jail to replace the rickety, old jail in town. Presidency turned to the Norway's most renowned architects. High construction costs meant that plans were put aside. In the late 1850s offered the government to pay large contributions to municipalities who raised new jail constructions. The city did not let the chance go by.

The magistracy proposed in 1860 to build the city hall and the jail at the square (marketplace). Architect Carl Emil Kaurin in Christiania constructed the city hall. The city hall with jail was built by workers from the capital in 1863-1864.

The city hall was inaugurated on 15 September 1864. The Presidency hall was placed in the city hall in 1951. In the early 1980s, the old jail was demolished in connection with an expansion of the neighboring street Festningsgata, and the city hall was reconstructed and redecorated by city architect Alf Erikstad.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Olav Breen: Kristiansand - en mangfoldig by Kristiansand kommune 1991 (page 24) (in Norwegian) ISBN 82-99-2385-0-1

External linksEdit

  • About the city hall Kristiansand municipality (in Norwegian) (Translation possible into several languages, including English)