Vesterbroes Passage. En undersøgelse af gaden og det liv, der eksisterede heri, i perioden fra cirka 1870-1914

Louise Nygård Jepsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis is about the urban life present in the boulevard and the establishments of Vesterbroes Passage in the period of 1870-1914. It is founded within the field of in Urban and Cultural History and investigates the development of the urban space in relation to the gradual transition which can be traced in the street and amusement culture during the period. Chapter 1 elaborates on the historical context leading up to the study period. Chapter 2 presents the field of research in which the thesis is based. It examines how the modern urban space and the street as a research field are treated within the science of history. In addition, the chapter deals with the methodological basis that serves as the framework in which the analysis is conducted. These include an elaboration of Henri Lefebvres theorization of the relationship between the physical and the mental urban spaces in the production of space. Chapter 3 deals with the history of the amusement establishments of Vesterbroes Passage. It concludes that the intention was to establish an impressive street and not a residential neighborhood. The leading example was Georges Eugène Haussmann work in Paris. The buildings were decorated with modern interiors and designed to accommodate the demands for modern amusements. In chapter 4 the thesis illustrates how the street life in Vesterbroes Passage is changed, perceived and reproduced during the period. It describes the public life through a description of the behavior that could be encountered in the street as well as in the many different establishments. Further, this chapter argues how the electrification played a key role in the transition of the street. Through the introduction of the electric tramways and the electric illumination of the street, the practices in the urban space changed. Chapter 5 presents the thesis conclusion. The most significant conclusions are that the initiative for the foundation of the boulevard Vesterbroes Passage and its rich amusement culture came from the bourgeoisie and the upper middle class. Their intent was to cultivate the working class of Copenhagen. Further, the thesis found that throughout the period the amusements establishments adapted their facilities to match the needs of the modern lifestyle. After approximately year 1900 the ways in which people in general took participation in the amusement establishments became more liberated and naturel.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jul. 2018
Antal sider81
VejledereKarin Cohr Lützen


  • Vesterbroes Passage
  • Byhistorie
  • Gadeliv
  • Forlystelseskultur
  • National
  • Tivoli
  • Panoptikon
  • Centralhotellet
  • Cafe Paraplyen
  • Bræddehytten
  • Industriforeningen udstillingsbygning
  • Vesterbrogade
  • Vestervold Kvarter
  • Kulturhistorie
  • Arkitektur