In 1681, there was a major city fire in Trondheim. Johan Caspar von Cicignon was commissioned by the king to rebuild Trondheim and the row of wharves on Kjøpmannsgata was built according to the city plan drawn up by him. Fire safety measures were put in place, in accordance with which the wharves on Kjøpmannsgata were built at a lower level, parallel with a line of trees on the top of the slope to prevent any possible new fire hazards. In recent times, Trondheim has had several city fires – both large and small. Several of the oldest wharves on Kjøpmannsgata were lost in both 1967 and 1983. For this reason, Huitfeldtbrygga is considered a very precious and important memory of a bygone era.