Lister County Courthouse
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Architect Erik Gunnar Asplund
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Location Solvesborg, Sweden
Date 1917 to 1921   timeline
Building Type courthouse, government
 Construction System stucco exterior
Climate cold temperate
Context urban
Style Mannerist
Notes Single wide gable with centered entry arch.





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Discussion Lister County Courthouse Commentary

"The Lister courthouse (1917-21)—arguably the most theatrical of Erik Gunnar Asplund's buildings — occupies an important position in the sequence of his classical designs...The theatricality is most apparent in the delight that Asplund took in giving each of the four faŤades a different — indeed contradictory — character. They are like stage sets that neither relate to one another nor say much about what is happening within...

"The motif that is most obviously imposed at Lister is the drum although it may seem strange to suggest that it is imposed since it houses the court so satisfactorily..."

— Dan Cruickshank, ed. Erik Gunnar Asplund. p41-2.

Sources on Lister County Courthouse

Claes Caldenby and Olof Hultin. Asplund. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1986. ISBN 0-8478-0678-2. NA1293.A8C3513. interior photo of courtroom, p78, plate 104.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p20-21. — Updated edition available at

Dan Cruickshank, ed. AJ Masters of Building, Erik Gunnar Asplund. Article by Dan Cruickshank and Kirstin Nielsson. Photographs by Martin Charles. London: The Architect's Journal, 1988. ISBN 1-870308-35-2. NA1293.A8A77. p41-42. exterior photo of main facade, p38, plate 1.

Peter Gossel and Gabriele Leuthauser. Architecture in the Twentieth Century. Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1991. ISBN 3-8228-0550-5. color exterior photo and plan drawing, p130. color interior photos, p131.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Lister County Courthouse


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