Brongniart, Alexandre-Théodore (père)

ARCHITECT (FRANCE)
BORN 15 Feb 1739, Paris - DIED 6 Jun 1813, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 11, ligne 01, W, 23)

Alexandre Théodore Brongniart married Anne-Louise d'Egremont, who ran a lingerie shop, in 1767. They befriended the portrait painter Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, who painted their daughter Alexandrine-Émilie. During the Terror Vigée-Lebrun hid in their house. He was also a friend of the sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon.

Brongniart designed hotels and private residences. In 1781 he became a member of the Académie Royale d'Architecture. In 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned him with the design of the Père Lachaise cemetery. Napoleon was so pleased with his work that he also commissioned him to design the new stock exchange in 1807. Its construction was started in 1808 but it wasn't finished before 1825, years after his death in 1813.

Images

The grave of Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)

 

Sources
Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart - Wikipedia


Bronnen, Arnolt

Published: 4 Oct 2020
Last update: 6 Oct 2020