Coudray, Clemens Wenzeslaus

BORN 23 Nov 1775, Ehrenbreitstein, Rheinland-Pfalz (near Koblenz) - DIED 4 Oct 1845, Weimar, Thüringen
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Historischer Friedhof (Alter Friedhof, Neuer Friedhof, Friedhof vor dem Frauentor), Poseckscher Garten (At the western wall)

Clemens Coudray was of French descent. He was educated as a decorator and worked in Frankfurt am Main between 1795 and 1800. In 1799 he had started his architecture studies in Berlin, but he soon continued them in Paris under J.N.L. Durand (1760-1834).

After he finished his studies in 1804 he was engaged as court architect in Fulda. He travelled in Italy and in 1810 he married Veronica Schild (1789-1836). During the war against Napoleon he was involved in building fortifications in Hanau.

In 1816 he left Fulda to become Baudirector (director of building) in Weimar in 1816. He became friends with Goethe, who supported him in his work on several occasions. Among his works in Weimar are the Hauptwache (now a library), the Wagenremise am Theaterplatz (now the Bauhaus Museum) and the Fürstengruft. He also worked at other locations in Thüringen.

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The grave of Clemens Coudray at the Friedhof vor dem Frauentor, Weimar.
Picture by Androom (29 Apr 1999)


• Dressler, Roland & Jochen Klauss, Weimarer Friedhöfe, Böhlau Verlag, Weimar, 1996
Clemens Wenzeslaus Coudray – Wikipedia

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Published: 19 Apr 2009
Last update: 15 May 2016