Born Sept. 20, 1762, in Pontoise, He de France; died Oct. 10, 1853, in Paris. French architect; a leading master of the Empire style.
From 1794 to 1814, Fontaine worked with C. Percier on the triumphal arch on the Place Carrousel in Paris, as well as on numerous designs for furniture, interiors, and decorative structures for festivals. Fontaine’s other works include the hospital in Pontoise (1823–27) and the reconstruction of the Orleans Gallery of the Palais Royal in Paris (1828–29). Employing cast iron in his structures, Fontaine was a pioneer in construction with metal.