The original brick, two-story house is part of a block of Renaissance and 19th century buildings called Quedens Gaard that belongs to Museum of Southwest Jutland. The whole block is being extensively redeveloped into a collection of connected yet stand-alone museums, exhibition spaces, education facilities, gardens, a cafe and retail stores.
The project is a core element of Museum of Southwest Jutland’s ‘Vision 2020′, an eight-year plan enacted in 2012, to further develop cultural and historical resources in the area.
In his childhood home will be created an internationally oriented museum, which on the one hand will show the importance of Jacob A. Riis’ work, while on the other hand will explore the themes that he was involved with: poverty, immigration, housing, integration, education, social reform, photography, journalism and new media. These are themes which, well over a century after his death, are just as relevant today.
Furthermore, with basis in one of Riis’ other famous books, The Making of An American, the museum will highlight the topics of identity and nationality, using Riis’ own transformative journey as a young Danish emigrant who eventually became a true American in his heart.