What: Kjeldseth's printing house

Where: Skippergata 19, 9008 Tromsø

Here it is: Right in the centre. When you have visited Storgata 106 and the Hamsun plaque, you may follow the Bispegata to Skippergata. Alternatively you walk from the cathedral or the coastal steamer quay via Sjøgata - Havnegata to Skippergata 19. The printing house is through the gateway into the back yard.

In this impressive building lived in the year 1877 the printer Gustav Kjeldseth. The print shop was located in the building at the back. Though the building was reconstructed and today in a miserable state, you can still se in the gable the heavy timber from the original building. Here young Knud Pedersen had his first work "Den Gaadefulde" (The Enigmatic) printed - though not entirely to the poet's satisfaction, as you may read in "Tromsøboka den fjerde" (Tromsø 2005).

Afterword: In the beginning of June 2008 the print shop was knocked down to give space for flats. A restauration was not possible due to the bad state of the building, but to Hamsun-enthusiasts and to lovers of architecture and old houses and for the history of the city of Tromsø it was still sad news.


© Kirsten Hedvig Rasmussen www.hamsun.at