Weinbrenner, Friedrich

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Weinbrenner, Friedrich Gender: M
Johann Jakob Friedrich Weinbrenner
born on 29 November 1766 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Karlsruhe, Germany, 49n03, 8e24
Timezone LMT m8e24 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 07°04' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°25 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 13°45'

Friedrich Weinbrenner


German architect, city planner and master builder admired for his mastery of classical style. The architects he trained and the publication of his work contributed to the development of a "Weinbrenner style" of Classicism.

Upon returning from studies in Italy, Weinbrenner worked briefly in Strasbourg and Hanover, but established himself in Karlsruhe, where he would make his career as the official architect, working for both government and private clients.

Karlsruhe was established in 1715 to replace a former capital and become the capital of the newly created Grand Duchy of Baden – today a central German state but then a sovereign principality. A generation of architects were trained under his supervision, and in 1825 he helped establish the Polytechnic School in Karlsruhe.

Weinbrenner is, of course, the architect principally responsible for creating Karlsruhe as a Classical city and, beginning with his 1797 General Plan, for the development of the city plan with an official Protestant church (Stadtkirche) (1807–1815), City Hall (1821–1825) on the Triumphal Road leading to the Princely palace.

Friedrich Weinbrenner died on 1 March 1826 at age 59. Most of his buildings were reconstructed in the 1950s following their destruction in the Second World War.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Friedrich Weinbrenner: sein Leben und seine Bauten by Arthur Valdenaire (C.F. Müller, 1919), page 1: "Johann Jakob Friedrich Weinbrenner ward am 29. November 1766 - morgens zwischen 5 und 6 Uhr, sagt der Geburtsschein -- in Karlsruhe geboren, in einem denkwürdig fruchtbaren Jahr, auf das, wie der Künstler in seiner Selbstbiographie schreibt, ein so strenger Winter folgte."

Translation: Johann Jakob Friedrich Weinbrenner was born in Karlsruhe on 29 November 1766 - in the morning between 5 and 6 o'clock, says the birth certificate - in a memorable fruitful year, which, as the artist writes in his autobiography, was followed by such a harsh winter.

Wikipedia has 24 November in error.


  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Construction work