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Ove Hidemark 1931–2015

Ove Hidemark studied older building techniques, and had philosophical discussions about the authenticity and credibility of buildings. He initiated a restoration of Skokloster Castle. Before that, he had carried out extensive archival research and investigations into how the castle was built and why. When he rebuilt Katarina Church following a fire, he chose not to use modern methods and materials.

Hidemark taught restoration techniques at the Royal Institute of Art, and – together with his wife Elisabet Stavenow-Hidemark and others – wrote a book on agricultural renovation that is still used in teaching today.

Hidemark was appointed palace architect in 1989. His work included the restoration of the Chinese Pavilion and the 964 windows at the Royal Palace. Hidemark designed the interior and the entrance to the Tre Kronor Museum, the museum dedicated to the former Tre Kronor Palace, which opened in December 1999. The museum is housed in the preserved cellars of Tre Kronor Palace, beneath the northern wing of the Royal Palace.

The Tre Kronor Museum

Palace architect Ove Hidemark

Ove Hidemark. Photo: Jonas Lindkvist/TT

Palace architect
Ove Hidemark

Famous works
Restoration of Skokloster Castle
St Birgitta's Church
Restoration of the Chinese Pavilion and Drottningholm
Reconstruction of Katarina Church
Restoration and remodelling of Gustavianum