The builder of the royal palace was born 175 years ago - Alajos Hauszmann is remembered

Hungarian version of the article: A királyi palota építője 175 éve született – Hauszmann Alajosra emlékeztek

June 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Alajos Hauszmann, who was born 175 years ago, is remembered on Thursday at the tomb in Fiumei road. He was the designer of the expansion and reconstruction of the Royal Mansion in Kossuth Square, the New York Palace, the main building of the Technical University, and the Royal Palace, but many public buildings, private houses and villas in Budapest were designed according to his plans. Through his work as a teacher, he had a significant influence on the Hungarian architecture and architects of the turn of the century.

Architect Alajos Hauszmann, born 175 years ago on 9 June, 1847, is remembered in the tomb garden on Fiumei road on Thursday, writes MTI.

Gábor Móczár, Director General of the National Heritage Institute (NÖRI), emphasized at the commemoration at the architect's protected tomb that Alajos Hauszmann had become a significant shaper of today's face with his buildings, especially the Buda Castle District. As he pointed out, Alajos Hauszmann was not only an architect, but also one of the founders of architectural education in Hungary. Through his teaching as a technical university, he had a great influence on the Hungarian architecture and architects of the turn of the century. Ignác Alpár, Béla Lajta and Marcell Komor studied in his studio.

Alajos Hauszmann designed the building of the Palace of Justice in Kossuth Square (then the Royal Hungarian Mansion and Judgment Board). The picture was taken around 1898, by György Klösz (Source: Fortepan / Budapest Capital Archives. Archival reference: HU.BFL.XV.19.d.1.07.148)

The former St. Stephen's Hall of the Buda Castle, which was restored in 2021 (Photo: FSZEK Budapest Collection)

The Hunyadi Hall of the Budavár Palace after the Hauszmann reconstruction, with a scaled-down copy of the statue of Matthias in Cluj-Napoca (Photo: Hungarian Applied Arts, 1906)

The National Heritage Institute considers it a priority to present the oeuvre of the deceased in the Fiumei Road Tomb. With the help of the application presenting the national pantheon, FiumeiGuide, those interested can get to know the work of Alajos Hauszmann resting here, said Gábor Móczár.

" The legacy of Alajos Hauszmann, which is an unavoidable part of Hungarian architectural culture, is still here in its tangible reality today," said Gergely Fodor, the government commissioner responsible for the renovation of the Budavár Palace District.

The New York Palace designed by Alajos Hauszmann today (Photo: Both Balázs / pestbuda.hu)

The central building of the Royal Hungarian Technical University was also designed by Alajos Hauszmann, the picture was taken in 1909 (Photo: FSZEK Budapest Collection)

The government commissioner emphasized that the most beautiful buildings and public spaces in Europe stand out from the ground in the Buda Castle District, which has been neglected for many decades, through the National Hauszmann Program. Once again, St. Stephen's Hall can be seen in its original light, the buildings of the Riding School and the Main Guard, as well as the Stöckl Stairs, have been rebuilt. The Csikós courtyard and the two famous fountains of the Buda Castle, the Matthias Fountain and the Fisherman's Fountain, have also been renovated, Gergely Fodor added.

Tomb of Alajos Hauszmann (right) in the tomb garden on Fiumei út (Photo: Both Balázs / pestbuda.hu)

Alajos Hauszmann (1847–1926) is one of the most active and characteristic representatives of historicism in Hungarian architecture. In his early works he used the features of the Italian Renaissance and then the Baroque style, which he later combined with Art Nouveau elements. Many public buildings, private houses and villas in Budapest were built according to his plans. After the death of Miklós Ybl, he was invited to lead the reconstruction of the Buda Castle. Through his work as a teacher, he had a significant influence on the Hungarian architects of the turn of the previous century. In September 2011, he received the posthumous Hungarian Heritage Award for his work.

Source: MTI

Cover photo: View of the eastern facade of the Buda Castle Palace in 1912 (Photo: FSZEK Budapest Collection)


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