Carl Gangolf Kayser

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Portrait bust of Emperor by Viktor Tilgner

Carl Gangolf Kayser (different spelling: Carl Gangolph Kaiser , born February 12, 1837 in Vienna , † September 2, 1895 in Inzersdorf ) was an Austrian architect .


Carl Gangolf Kayser was enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and in the sculpture class in Munich. A school education as an architect has not yet been proven. However, he is listed in the academy as a non-matriculated student of Friedrich von Schmidt . He specialized in medieval architecture.

After several study trips he accompanied Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Austria to Mexico and worked there from 1864 to 1867 as court architect for the now Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. Kayser planned to rebuild the Palacio Nacional and the Chapultepec and Tehuantepec castles . After the collapse of the Mexican Empire , he returned to Austria and worked on the restoration of the Palais Auersperg in Vienna and several castles in Lower Austria , such as B. Kreuzenstein under Johann Nepomuk Graf Wilczek in collaboration with Humbert Walcher Ritter von Molthein and the artist Egon Rheinberger , Liechtenstein Castle and Seebarn Castle in the Harmannsdorf community .

At Kreuzenstein Castle there is a portrait bust of the builder made by Viktor Tilgner on behalf of Count Wilczek and a plaster cast of the same in the Wien Museum . A photograph of the bust taken by Josef Löwy can be seen in the collection of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico at Hardegg Castle .



  • Kayser Karl Gangolf. In: Austrian Biographical Lexicon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Volume 3, Publishing House of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1965, p. 277 f. (Direct links on p. 277 , p. 278 ).
  • Kayser, Carl Gangolf . In: Hans Vollmer (Hrsg.): General lexicon of fine artists from antiquity to the present . Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker . tape 20 : Kaufmann – Knilling . EA Seemann, Leipzig 1927, p. 45 .
  • Maximilian of Mexico 1832–1867. Exhibition at Hardegg Castle, organized by the municipality of Hardegg ad Thaya, May 13 to November 17, 1974. Verlag Enzenhofer, Vienna 1974, p. 250.
  • Ludwig Hevesi : Viktor Tilgner's selected works. Vienna 1897, plate LII.
  • Michael Drewes: Carl Gangolf Kayser's projects for Emperor Maximilian of Mexico. In ARX ​​- castles and palaces in Bavaria, Austria and South Tyrol. Vienna-St. Michael / Eppan-Munich 1980, pp. 3–10.
  • Eckart Vancsa: To Carl Gangolf Kayser, a Viennese architect of late historicism. In ARX ​​- castles and palaces in Bavaria, Austria and South Tyrol. Vienna-St. Michael / Eppan-Munich 1980, pp. 11-17.
  • Helmut Scharsching: Carl Kaiser (1837–1895). Lord of the castle, court and interior designer, castle builder. A misunderstood genius of the Ringstrasse era in letters, personal notes and historical photos. Verlag Bibliothek der Provinz, Weitra 2013, ISBN 978-3-99028-253-3 .

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