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Co-workers in the outer office. Photo: the Hallwyl Museum/SHM (Public Domain).

The office in Stockholm

The family business’s office at Hamngatan 4 consists of three rooms: the outer office, the middle office, and the internal office.

The outer office, accessible from the entrance in the archway, is an open plan office. In the outer office, there were also coat hangers, a WC, a small safe, and two telephone cabins. The room has two windows facing Hamngatan and one facing the inner courtyard. Today, the outer office is a workplace primarily for the museum’s educators and museum guides and hosts.

Grupp 1. 3 Yttre kontorsrumet från sydvöstra hörnet.
The office entrance. Photo: the Hallwyl Museum/SHM (Public Domain).

Large parts of the entire office are panelled with stained and varnished pine panelling. Behind the many cabinet doors are the company’s accounts and some books that were considered valuable to have, including the tax calendar and telephone books.

A short, panelled corridor connects the outer office with the middle office. In the middle office was the office manager, Bernhard Glaumann, who also took care of the family’s bookkeeping. All large and small disbursements went through Glaumann.

From the middle office leads a door to the inner office as well as upstairs to the Armoury on the first floor. That staircase was intended for Walther von Hallwyl’s use, for example when he was going up for lunch at one o’clock.

Grupp 1. 4 Arkivrummet (Mellankontoret) från dörren till kontorstrappan.
THe Middle Office. Photo: the Hallwyl Museum/SHM (Public Domain).

In the connection corridor to the inner office there is a wardrobe and a large safe. The inner office was also called the count’s office and was decorated a little in the same style as the Smoking Room on the first floor. The original furnishings are today stored in a warehouse and have been replaced with modern furniture. The interior office is now the office of the Director of the Hallwyl Museum.

Grupp 1. 7 Walter von Hallwyls privata kontorsrum.
The Inner Office. Photo: the Hallwyl Museum/SHM (Public Domain).

Learn more about the house

There are several books about No. 4 Hamngatan and the Hallwyl family.

Photo: Jens Mohr, the Hallwyl Museum/SHM.