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Josef Zítek

(1832—1909)


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(1832–1909). Bohemian architect, a pupil of van der Nüll and Siccard von Siccardsburg, in whose Vienna office he worked (1857–8) on competition-drawings for the Savings Bank, Prague, and the Stock Exchange, Vienna. He designed several important buildings, but is mostly remembered for the National Theatre (Národni Divadlo), Prague (1866–81), an essay in the Renaissance Revival style much influenced by the Ringstrasse buildings in Vienna: it was reconstructed (1881–3) by his pupil, Josef Schulz (1840–1917), after a disastrous fire in 1881. Zítek was also responsible for a number of other buildings in his native country, including the Rudolfinum, Prague (1875–84–also with Schulz), and the Mühlbrunnen Colonnade, Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) (1871–8).

From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Architecture.


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