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Meldahl, Ferdinand (1827–1908). Danish architect. Influenced especially by the work of Persius, Schinkel, and Semper, he became the leading proponent of Historicism in Denmark. At the Manor House, Pederstrup, Lolland (1859–62), he drew on French Renaissance prototypes, and at the School for Navigation (later Life Assurance Institution), Copenhagen (1864–5), he quoted the façade of Lombardo's Palazzo Véndramin-Calergi, Venice (c.1500–9). Other works include the Town Halls at Ålborg (1857–61) and Fredericia (1859–60), the Royal Mint (1872–3), and the triumphant completion (1878–94) of the Baroque Frederikskirke or Marble Church (both in Copenhagen), originally designed by Jardin and Eigtved, with its noble cupola.
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