Baumanis, Janis Friedrich Alexander

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Baumanis, Jānis Friedrich Alexander


Born May 23 (June 4), 1834, in Riga; died there Mar. 19 (31), 1891. The first professional Latvian architect.

Baumanis studied at the Academy of Construction in Berlin from 1860 to 1862 and at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts from 1862 to 1863. Between the 1860’s and the 1880’s he designed many commercial and public buildings in Riga. In their decor he eclectically used the forms of the Renaissance and classicism. An example of his work is the house of the Livonian dvorianstvo (nobility or gentry), now the building of the Supreme Soviet of the Latvian SSR (1863–67, co-architect R. Pflug).


Kampe, P. Architekts Jānis Fr. Baumanis, 1834–1891: Viɳa dzīve un vina mūža darbs. Riga, 1927.
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