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Strack, Johann Heinrich

Strack, Johann Heinrich (1805–80). German architect. He was a pupil of Schinkel and later worked with Stüler. His designs were often influenced by Schinkel's exquisite Neo-Classicism, but were sometimes Italianate, and occasionally explored a confident Rundbogenstil. Many of his works in Berlin did not survive the 1939–45 war, including the fine Rundbogenstil Borsig Factory (1858–60) and Italianate Villa for the same family (1868–70). With Persius he altered and completed Schin-kel's Nash-inspired Schloss Babelsberg, near Potsdam (1844–9). For Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm (1831–88—reigned as Kaiser Friedrich III (1888) ) and his wife, Victoria, Princess Royal of Great Britain (1840–1901), he remodelled the Kronprinzenpalais (Palace of the Crown Prince), Unter den Linden, Berlin (1856–8), and with Stüler he designed the handsome National Gallery, Berlin (1866–76). He added the two pavilions and wings to the Brandenburg Gate (1868), and designed the Siegessäule (Victory Column —1869–73), both in Berlin. He was a sensitive colourist and interior decorator, and published several works including a book of architectural details (1858) and a study of Greek theatres (1843).

Bibliography

Börsch-Supan (1977);
Strack (1843, 1858);
Strack & and Gottgetreu (1857);
Strack & and Kugler (1833);
Jane Turner (1996);
W&M (1987)

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