Ihne, Ernst Eberhard

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Ihne, Ernst Eberhard (1848–1917). German architect. He popularized the domestic architecture of England that was later to be published by Muthesius, and he was one of the most important protagonists of the Neo-Baroque style of Wilhelmian (1888–1918) Germany. At Schloss Friedrichshof (1889–94), Kronberg-im-Taunus (now a hotel), he introduced English influences, a tactful gesture as the building was to be the residence of the Empress Frederick, formerly Victoria, Princess Royal of England (1840–1901). Ihne very soon became the most important official architect in Germany, and was ennobled by Kaiser Wilhelm II (reigned 1888–1918) in 1906. Among his works, the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum (1898–1903—now the Bodemuseum), the Königliche Bibliothek (1908–13—with Baerwald), and the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institut (1914–15), all in Berlin, are all examples of the Beaux-Arts-inspired Neo-Baroque style.


Jane Turner (1996)