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"Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America"
2000-08-21 until 2000-10-31
American-Scandinavian Foundation
New York, NY, USA United States of America

The American-Scandinavian Foundation is establishing Scandinavia House - The Nordic Center in America. Located at a new building to be constructed at 56-58 Park Avenue, between 37th and 38th streets in midtown Manhattan, it will be close to many of New York City's other cultural, business and transportations facilities. Scandinavia House will contain an auditorium, exhibition galleries, meeting and reception rooms, a library, a book/gift shop and a cafe in a seven-story building of approximately 31,000 gross square feet (3,000 square meters). Scandinavia House was designed by Polshek & Partners, Architects, with Barney Skanska as Construction Manager.

The Need and The Vision

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America will present Scandinavian culture and achievements, economic and political issues and many other facets of life in Nordic countries to a varied and often influential American audience. It will be owned by The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) and will be self-supporting. It will be administered by the professional staff of the ASF.

Scandinavia House will:

Respond to the urgent need for a permanent, consistent, public presence for Nordic interests in America.

Be a showcase for the entire Nordic region.

Present to the American public individuals, businesses, educators and the artistic community - all aspects of contemporary life in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Be located in New York City on Park Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, the major international hub and the financial, media, intellectual, cultural and trend setting center of American. It is close to major New York landmarks such as Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, The Pierpont Morgan Library and the United Nations headquarters.

Open in October of 2000, the eight-floor national education and culture center features a children’s learning center, five exhibition galleries, a 174-seat auditorium, a library, a meeting hall, conference and seminar rooms, a book store/gift shop, and a café.


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