Enghave Plads

Enghave Plads is a central public square of the Vesterbro district in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is located where Istedgade reaches Enghavevej, which separates the square from Enghave Park.


Enghave Plads

Enghave Plads was established when the Vesterbro area was built over in the late 1880s[1] In the late 1880s, at the initiative of the architect Ferdinand Meldahl, who was also a member of the City Council, a playground was also established at the site.[2] Enghave Plads School opened on the square in 1892. Completed in 1900, Christ Church was the second church to be built in the rapidly growing Vesterbro neighbourhood.[3] A fountain, Boy with fiasco, designed by Jens Lund, was installed in the centre of the square in 1903.[4] For many years, the square played host to an annual fun fair.[5]

Peter Hansen: Playing children. Enghave Plads (1907)

From its opening in 1902, Enghave Plads was the southern terminus of Line 3 of the Copenhagen Tramways, which operated between Melchiors Plads in Østerbro and the square by way of Nørrebro and Frederiksberg. The tram line was extended to Frederiksholm in 1915 and again from Frederiksholm to Mozarts Plads in 1937.[6]

The square seen from the east, c. 1950. A narrow slice of Enghave Park can be seen at the top

The area on the other side of Enghavevej remained open land. The Royal Danish Horticultural Society established 478 allotments at the.[7] They were moved and the small public Enghave Park was laid out under the direction of City Architect Poul Holsøe, who also designed the red-brick social housing which was built at the same time and borders the park on three sides.

The square was renovated and pedestrianized in 1995.[8] The 114-year-old chestnut tree, which for decades had dominated the square, was removed in October 2011 to make way for the construction of Enghave Station, a future station on the City Circle Line.[9]

Notable buildings and residents

The day care on the corner of Enghave Plads and Enghavevej

After a merger with Mathæusgade School in 2008, Enghave Plads School is now part of Tove Ditlevsen's School. Both buildings were designed by city architect Ludvig Fenger. Christ Church was designed by Valdemar Koch in an Italian style. He also designed the two residential buildings that flank it on both sides. The buildings on the north (Istedgade) side of the square are from 1898 and were designed by Christian Mandrup-Poulsen. Jens Christian Kofoed also contributed to the buildings around the square.

A cluster of low buildings that were formerly used by the tram workers have been converted into a kindergarten.


  1. "Kongens Enghave" (in Danish). Selskabet for Københavns Historie. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  2. "Legepladsernes historie". AOK. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  3. "Kristkirkens historie" (in Danish). Kristkirken. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  4. "Drengebarn med fiasco" (in Danish). Københavns Kommune. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  5. Jan Kristiansen. "Enghave Plads Skole" (in Danish). Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  6. "Københavns Sporveje - Linje 3" (in Danish). vognstyrer.d. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  7. "Enghaven (Enghave Parken)". AOK. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  8. "Enghave Plads" (in Danish). Kunstakademiets Bibliotek. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  9. "Omstridt kastanjetræ på Enghave Plads er blevet fældet" (in Danish). Politiken. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
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Coordinates: 55°40′02″N 12°32′43″E / 55.6671°N 12.5452°E / 55.6671; 12.5452

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