Overgaden Neden Vandet 39

Overgaden Neden Vandet 39, is a historic property in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is one of three properties along Christianshavn Canal that were built by anchor smith Hans Caspersen and are now all known as the Hans Caspersen House, the others being Overgaden Oven Vandet 50 and Overgaden Neden Vandet 33. The building at Sankt Annæ Gade 4 is also associated with Caspersen. The building was listed on the Danish registry of protected buildings and places in 1918.

Hans Caspersen House
Hans Caspersens Gård
Overgaden Neden Vandet 39 (Copenhagen) 01.jpg
General information
Coordinates55°40′24.31″N 12°35′30.34″E / 55.6734194°N 12.5917611°E / 55.6734194; 12.5917611Coordinates: 55°40′24.31″N 12°35′30.34″E / 55.6734194°N 12.5917611°E / 55.6734194; 12.5917611


17th and 18th centuriesEdit

No. 150 seen on a detail from Christian Gedde's map of Christianshavn Quarter, 1757.

The property was listed as No. 86 in Christianshavn Quarter in Copenhagen's first cadastre of 1689. It was that same year acquired by brewer Cornelius Nissen, In 1701, it was sold to Friderich Svane, owner of Svenstrup Manor, who later the same year sold it to textile worker Christopher Vogt. Boldewin Depenbrock purchased the property in 1706.[1]

A half-timbered property at the site was in 1730 purchased by dyer Diderich Rohde. It was later sold to dyer Otto Birch. His property was listed as No. 150 in the new cadastre of 1756.

The house was in 1761 acquired by anchor smith Hans Caspersen. Caspersen replaced the half-timbered facade towards the street with one in brick and reduced the number of windows from 12 to eight larger ones. The building was a few years later hit by fire and demolished. He purchased a house at Overgaden Oven Vandet 50 where he would live with his family until circa 1780. He completed a new four-storey building at Overgaden Neden Vandet 39 in 1777. It contained eight large apartments, two on each floor.

Hans Caspersen and the new buildingEdit

The Hans Caspersen House seen on a drawing by H.G.F. Holm

Caspersen purchased the property at Overgaden Neden Vandet 33 in 1782 but remained in one of the apartments at No. 39 until a renovation of the building at No. 33 had been completed.

Later historyEdit

On 2 January 1786, Caspersen sold No. 39 to merchant Peter Halkiær. In 1792, Halkiær sold it to Jeppe Prætorius.

C. Langes Eddikebryggeri photographed by Frederik Riise in 1899

The military officer Jacob Scavenius Fibiger (1793-1861) was a resident in the building in 1860–161. He had in 1851 briefly served as Defence Minister in the 3rd Cabinet of Adam Wilhelm Moltke. The theologian Peter Andreas Fenger (1799-1878), who was pastor at Church of Our Saviour from 1855, lived in the apartment on the first floor from 1873 and until his death.[2]

C. Langes Eddikebryggeri, a manufacturer of vinegar, was at the turn of the 20th century located in the courtyard. The company changed its name to De Danske Eddikebryggerier when it relocated to Holger Danskes Vej 104 in 1902.[3]


The building is eight bays wide and has a four-bay central projection, The gateway is topped by a fanlight and the keystone features a relief of an ancher[check spelling] and the inscription "HCS AMC/150/ ANNO 1777" (HCS = Hans Caspersen Smed/ AMC = Anne Marie Caspersen. 150 = matrikel 150. Anno 1777).[4]

List of ownersEdit

  • 1689-1701 Cornelius Nissen
  • 1701 Friderich Svane
  • 1701-1706 Christopher Vogt
  • 1706 -1730 Johann Boldewin Depenbrock
  • 1730-1754 Diderich Rohde
  • 1754-1760 Otto Birch
  • 1761-1786 Hans Caspersen
  • 1786-1792 Peder Halkiær
  • 1792-1859 Jeppe Prætorius and heirs


  1. ^ Ida Haugsted. "Ankersmed Hans Caspersen som bygherre 1750-92" (in Danish). Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Overgaden Neden Vandet 39 / Wildersgade 48-50". indenforvoldene.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  3. ^ "De Danske Eddikebryggerier V- C. Lange". coneliand.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Sag: Hans Caspersens Gård" (in Danish). Kulturstyrelsen. Retrieved 25 May 2020.

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