Thura(h), Laurids (Lauritz) Lauridsen

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Thura(h), Laurids (Lauritz) Lauridsen (1706–59). Danish architect. He became Architect to the Danish Court in 1733, after a tour of Europe (1729–31), and developed an enviable reputation as the finest late-Baroque architect of his time in Denmark. He designed the exquisite Hunting Lodge, the Erimitage (1734–6), in the Deer Park north of Copenhagen, the interiors of which are among the finest of the period in Scandinavia. In 1749–50 he added the steeple to the Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, built in 1696 without a spire. The unusual external staircase (gilded to contrast with the copper roof), was probably inspired by Borromini's Sapienza Church in Rome. He published the Danish Vitruvius I–II (1746, 1749), and produced a manuscript of Vitruvius III, complete with cartouches.

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Weilbach (1947–52)