The task of designing and constructing the building went to one of the most important architects of the period, Fredrik Blom. The building was prefabricated.
Rosendal was a summertime pleasure retreat. It has never been a residence in the modern sense.
Karl XIV Johan and his family spent a lot of time at Rosendal during their summers in Stockholm.
On fine summer days they would travel by horse and carriage to Djurgården to go walking in the park, and they liked organising receptions of different kinds at Rosendal.
Late in the evening they would return, happy and contented, to the city.
Norway had severed its personal union with Sweden, and the people of Stockholm flocked out to Rosendal to pay tribute to Oskar II, who was staying there at the time.
When the crowds had gathered on the forecourt, the aged monarch came out onto the steps. That is the moment immortalised in the reportage photograph.
This is why, for example, the furnishings from Karl Johan's famous Bed Chamber at the Royal Palace were transferred to Rosendal.