The Zorn House (Zorngården)
The Zorn House in Mora is one of Sweden's best known artist homes. The history of this building goes back to 1886 when Anders Zorn acquired a plot of land near Mora church. He arranged for a small wooden cottage from the farmyard of his maternal grandfather to be moved to it. This cottage was gradually extended as the years went by, and especially from 1896 when the Zorns settled in Mora. Work on this new home continued until 1910. The most remarkable room is the 9 metre high hall on the second floor.
Zorn himself assumed responsibility for the building's layout. With great imagination based both on tradition and modern construction methods he created a really original home for his wife and himself. The house is characterised by a fresh mixture of local timber architecture, the concept of the time as regards dwellings of the Viking era and English detached house architecture. Zorngården is a good example of the architectural freedom which characterised the decades around the turn of the century in 1900.
The house's rich collection of objets d´art and handicrafts from different parts of the world is mixed with kurbits (Dalarna paintings with rich floral surrounds) and other evidence of traditions from that part of Sweden. There are finely weaved carpets, antique marble sculptures, paintings of old masters and examples of furniture designed by Zorn himself. The dining room table is layed with glass, silver and china appropriate to the time of year.
The garden was layed out in 1910 and in the summer it is possible to enjoy old fashioned roses, flowers, vegetables and fruit trees, and, not least Zorn's famous fountain sculptures.