Johann August Arens


Quick Reference


Hamburg-born architect, he studied with Harsdorff and de Wailly. Through Goethe he was called to Weimar to rebuild the Schloss (Castle—1789–92), but his most remarkable building there is the so-called Roman House in the Park, with its primitivist Doric columns at the lower level supporting a temple-like structure (1790–2). Much of his output is in Hamburg, where, with C. F. Hansen, he practised a refined and mature Neo-Classicism of which he was one of the most distinguished exponents of his time in Northern Germany.

Grundmann (1957);Watkin & Mellinghoff (1987);Wietek (1972)

Subjects: Architecture.

Reference entries