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The Reception
The Exchange Hall
The Library
The Aisle
The Empire room
Room 13
The Tietgen Hall
The Committee Hall
The Chairman's Office
Originally Børsen
was a commodity exchange. Every day corn and various overseas products were exchanged. The ships were able to tie directy up at the wharfs on both sides of the building.Today the waters are replaced by the streets, Slotsholmsgade and Børsgade. At that time the goods were transported up the ramp and into the large exchange hall.

The whole building on the first floor was one big room, except the writing rooms in the four small rooms in each corner of the building. Through the whole building booths and shops were arranged along the walls and on both sides of the gangway. Børsen represented a kind of "walking street" where you could get anything you needed. Especially the high society went to Børsen to have a look and to be looked at. It was also easier to walk through Børsen than on the street/the wharf, where you could not avoid walking between barrels, bales and other cargo. You also had to bend down to avoid the bowsprits of the many ships that were tied up. Besides ordinary people, the prominent merchants of that period visited Børsen which also included skippers and stock brokers. They came to do business and have a chat with people they had something in common with. The first person you met on the ramp before entering Børsen, was the tuck woman selling cakes and fruit and during the winther, she got an extra income by renting out rush shoes.

In files we have found, several merchants complain about loud people and drunken sailors. Also the King's soldiers could paralyse the trade totally, when they were going to cross Knippelsbro by marching through the building with drumps and pipes.
Until 1857 the Merchants' Guild had rented Børsen, and immediately after the committee had taken over the building, they made comprehensive changes inside it. The architect Harald Stilling designed the new Exchange Hall. Especially the large Exchange Hall underwent huge changes, but since its completion in 1858 only a little has been changed. It concerns the decoration of the four corners of the Hall with charcoal drawings by Lorenz Frølich. The drawings show work, justice, curage and love. In the gallery above
the Hall leaded windows were inserted. The windows have town arms from European ports and some are from overseas ports.

At the eastern part of the Hall, the mighty statue of Thorvaldsen's King Christian IV is placed and surrounded by Dannebrog - superior to every meeting in the Hall.

The floor in the hall is of historic value, as the parquet blocks are made of the eucalyptus wood which is not used any more. The floor is worn unevenly. According to history it was because of the black boards for the daily stock notings that were placed special places in the Hall. The floor in front of the black boards were particularly worn. However, the most worn places are in front of the benches along the sides of the Hall.
Year of establishment: 1857-1859
Architect : Harald Stilling
Builder: Grosserer-Societetet
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