Meeting and function venue in the centre of town.
The Gjøvik Arbeidersamfund building dates back to 1889, when it was built by the philanthropic labour movement Arbeidersamfundet, spearheaded by local historical figures Aksel Fahlstrøm and Johan Castberg.
For many decades after it was completed, the building was Gjøvik’s grand hall. It was the venue for public meetings, parties, local council meetings, concerts, theatre performances, weddings, Christenings, birthdays and funerals – and at one point it housed the local government. Gjøvik’s first library was located where the bar is today.
The building has been owned by the trade union movement since 1948 following a property swap with the local government. At present it is owned and run by seven trade unions that are a part of the national association of trade unions. The ground floor is let to the restaurant Gamletorvet Spiseri and to Gamletorvet Bar. The following function rooms are located on the 1st floor:
1. Storsalen: Our grand hall, seating 250 guests.
2. Castbergsalen: Meeting and function room for up to 40 delegates or guests.
3. Glassverandaen: Board meeting room for 10–12 delegates.