Boberg, Ferdinand

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Boberg, Ferdinand (1860–1946). Swedish architect. His early designs were influenced by the theories of Viollet-le-Duc as well as by the works of H. H. Richardson and Sullivan, but his most important achievements were several large civic buildings, including the Central Post Office, Stockholm (1898–1904). He designed many exhibitions, including the Baltic Exposition Building, Malmö (1914), and a great number of private houses, notably the Villa Bergsgarden (1905–6). His mature designs were rich in decoration and materials, with simple, bold massing in the Swedish Neo-Classical tradition, but with exotic, even oriental allusions in his interpretation of Art Nouveau. His reputation has been largely eclipsed by the works of Asplund, Lewerentz, Östberg, and Tengbom, but he was one of the major architectural figures in Scandinavia from 1884 until 1915. From the time he closed his office in 1915 he recorded much of Sweden's historical architecture in a series of portfolios supported by subscription.

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