Ragnar Östberg

Ragnar Östberg (14 July 1866 – 5 February 1945) was a Swedish architect who is best known for designing Stockholm City Hall. [2]

Ragnar Östberg
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Ragnar Östberg (1934)
Born(1866-07-14)14 July 1866
Stockholm, Sweden
Died5 February 1945(1945-02-05) (aged 78)
Stockholm, Sweden
SpouseCarin Thiel
ChildrenSusanna Ramel[1]
AwardsRoyal Gold Medal
AIA Gold Medal
Honorary member of the Royal Academy
Member of the Stockholm Beauty Council
BuildingsStockholm City Hall
Ragnar Östberg bust by Thorwald Alef in Stockholm (1974)


Östberg was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His parents were Carl Östberg and Erika Kindahl. Between 1884 and 1891, he first studied at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. In 1888, he studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. He had an internship with architect Isak Gustaf Clason (1856–1930). In 1893 he visited the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and in 1896 he went on a three-year study trip to, among others, England, France, Italy and Greece. Dating from the early 1900s, he lived and worked in Umeå in northern Sweden. Scharinska villan in Umeå is considered one of Östberg's best works during his youth.[3][4]

Östberg became the most famous architect within the so-called "national romanticist" movement in Sweden. His body of work from the period ranges from public buildings, such as Stockholm City Hall,[5] to mansions for influential families at the turn of the century, such as Scharinska villan or Nedre Manilla, built for members of the Bonnier family.[6]




  1. ^ Gillgren, Sven Arne i Vem är Vem?: Stor-Stockholm (andra upplagan, 1962)
  2. ^ "Stockholm City Hall (Stockholm Stadshus)". Skyscraper Source Media. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Ragnar Josephson. "Isak Gustaf Clason". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Scharinska villan". Västerbottens museum. Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  5. ^ Swati Chattopadhyay, ed. (2014). City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space. p. 61. ISBN 978-1317802280.
  6. ^ "Ragnar Östberg". Stenstan Visitor Center. Retrieved 1 April 2019.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Cornell, Elias (1966) Ragnar Östberg - en svensk arkitekt
  • Söderberg, Rolf (1955) Svenska Män och Kvinnor del 8
  • Thelaus, Erik (1983) Ragnar Östbergs byggnader i Umeå
  • Monterumisi, Chiara (2017) Ragnar Östberg – Villa Geber, una casa nell’arcipelago. Ediz. Italian, English and Swedish, In Edibus, Vicenza, ISBN 978-8897221517
  • Atmer, Ann Katrin Pihl (2011) Stockholms stadshus och arkitekten Ragnar Östberg (Kultur Allmänlitteratur) ISBN 9789127130647