Today, the Palace is owned by the Odd Fellow Order.
Since 2006, the restaurant has been run by Jimmy Perez, who with respect for the historic Palace can offer the beautiful halls for good parties. Today, both the Odd Fellow Orders lodge meetings and private events are run in the Palace.
We have employed 10 people who work full time at the Palace – both chefs and waiters. In addition, we have a lot of lovely young people, mainly students, who take part in our external dinner parties.
We are a young and dynamic team and we know that satisfied and loyal employees create value and provide satisfied and loyal customers.
Our vision is to make the Palace even more sustainable. This shows in our menus, in our wine choices, indeed in general throughout the house, as we all try to undertake a great task in cooperation. We have also selected 3 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which we have chosen to work more specifically with. You can read more about this via the link here.
Odd Fellow Palace has not always been called this.
When the Palace was completed in 1755, it was named the Berckentin Palace after the first owner of the Palace, Count Christian August von Berckentin.
However, he only managed to live in his palace from 1755 until his death in 1758. Then it passed to his daughter, Louise Von Plessen. She did not want to live there so it was sold for 40,000 rigsdaler to the Danish/German count Heinrich Schimmelmann.
Then the place became the Schimmelmann Palace until 1884.
Heinrich Schimmelmann was a prominent gentleman who owned a large sugar refinery and also bought state plantations in the Caribbean, where he was also responsible for transporting slaves from Ghana to the West Indies and quickly became one of the richest men in the Nordic region. When he died in 1782, his son, Ernst Schimmelmann, took over the Schimmelmann Palace in Bredgade. He, on the other hand, helped to end the slave trade in Denmark and in a way made en mence for his father’s wrong doings.
The palace has always been open to both royal and festive activities. When Christiansborg burned in 1794, some of the royals moved into the Palace. It was also here that King Christian the 7th bought Amalienborg for the royal residence.
But that is a different story.
Both Ernst and Heinrich had lots of parties and salons, so there were often a great deal of fun in the Palace.
The best known are probably Ernst’s wife, Charlotte Schimmelmann’s salons. Salon evenings typically consisted of a larger dinner with inlaid party games, followed by poetry reading, music or discussion by philosophers like Rousseau and Kant for a smaller circle. The scientist H. C. Ørsted received financial support for his experiments from Charlotte Schimmelmann. The poets Jens Baggesen and Adam Oehlenschläger were also supported by the Schimmelmann couple and were guests in the salon. Because of her hospitality and understanding of the art of poetry, Countess Charlotte Schimmelmann was poetically named The Mother of Danish Poets.
The palace was in the Schimmelmann family until 1884, when it was sold to the A/S Concertpalaiset, which allowed the Palace to be extensively rebuilt and they added a large concert hall that spanned the palaces original garden. It was also at this refurbishment that the festive neo-rococo pavilions, which today are facing Bredgade, were built.
In 1900, the Odd Fellow Order bought The Palace and now the name was The Odd Fellow Palace.
The Odd Fellow Order has built 4 large lodge halls and today runs lodge meetings in the house, as they have done for well over 100 years.
Unfortunately, in 1992 the most dreadful thing happened. After a concert the Palace stood in flames. The fire started in the large concert hall and the Palace was in flames. The concert hall and the entire mainbuilding was burned to the ground.
However, it only took 2 years to build the palace again. Most of the halls were taken back to original condition. If you go for a little walk in the Palace today, you can still see relics from the fire. In the Mirror Hall hangs a mirror that survived the fire – as did part of the stucco in the same hall. They flipped the remaining stucco and made a copy and soon it looked like in 1755.
So, the Mansion is today owned by The Odd Fellow Order and since 2006 the restaurant has been run by Jimmy Perez, who, with respect for the beautiful palace, can offer the beautiful halls for great parties.
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