BORN 14 Nov 1810, Versailles, Yvelines - DIED 31 Dec 1880, Paris|
BIRTH NAME Lefuel, Hector-Martin
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Passy Cimetière, 2 Rue du Commandant Schloesing (division 07)
Hector Lefuel was the son of a building contractor. He studied with Jean-Nicolas Huyot and received the Prix de Rome for architecture in 1839. In Rome he met C.F. Gounod, who had won the prize in the same year for composition.
Following his design for the theatre at Fontainebleau, in 1854 he succeeded Visconti to become the chief architect of the neo-baroque New Louvre, an important symbol of the Second Empire. He also built the Palais des Beaux Arts in Paris and he was the architect of the empress Eugénie.
Other buildings from his hand include the Hôtel Fould and the Hôtel Nieuwerkerke. Both are no longer there.
corresponded with Gounod, Charles
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2004