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Exploring Natural Stone and Building a National Identity. The Geological Exploration of Natural Stone Deposits in the Nordic Countries and the Development of a National-Romantic Architecture

Version 1 : Received: 24 April 2017 / Approved: 25 April 2017 / Online: 25 April 2017 (04:56:44 CEST)

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Seelow, A.M. Exploring Natural Stone and Building a National Identity: The Geological Exploration of Natural Stone Deposits in the Nordic Countries and the Development of a National-Romantic Architecture. Arts 2017, 6, 6. Seelow, A.M. Exploring Natural Stone and Building a National Identity: The Geological Exploration of Natural Stone Deposits in the Nordic Countries and the Development of a National-Romantic Architecture. Arts 2017, 6, 6.

Journal reference: Arts 2017, 6, 6
DOI: 10.3390/arts6020006

Abstract

In the second half of the 19th century new methods for quarrying and processing natural stone are developed. In the Nordic countries Sweden, Norway and Finland this technological pro­gress goes hand in hand with a systematic geological mapping and large-scale exploitation of natural stone deposits. As a result, new constructions are developed—changing the building practice in these countries. With the end of historicism a new architecture arises that particularly in Norway and Finland acquires a national-romantic character. This paper examines the interaction between geological exploration, commercial development, technical inventions and the development of a national-romantic architecture.

Subject Areas

architecture; 19th century; 20th century; Nordic countries; natural stone; national romanticism; geology

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