The Helgheim house
THE HELGHEIM HOUSE
This house from 1875 was used as a school and residence for teachers at Sogndal Folkehøg- skule (non-curricular high school). The school was founded in 1871 as one of the first schools of its kind in Norway. In its first years the school used rented rooms. However, when this house was built at Nes near the Loftesnes bridge, the school was moved there, and this is still the school location.
The place was given the name I lelgheim "sacred home" because the founder Jakob Sverdrup and his successor Henrik Mohn Dahl wanted the school to be a "sacred home for the hopes of our youths to awaken their spirit".
The school building was in daily use until the 1960s, but then only as a residence. The Helgheim house is a timber house on two floors with external panelling, built on a rock foundation wall and with a pantiled roof This is one of the first houses to be built in Sogndal in the so-called Swiss style.
This building style became very common in Norway in the latter half of the 19th century, and it is characterized with richly decorated elements such as carved rafters, girders and so on, Other typical architectural features are the open veranda addition, the big windows and the symmetry of doors and windows. The biggest room is furnished as a school room with desks from the early 20th century. The upper floor is now used as a residence.