Heinrich von Dehn-Rotfelser

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Heinrich von Dehn-Rotfelser , also Dehn-Rothfelser , (born August 6, 1825 in Hanau , † June 29, 1885 in Berlin ) was a German architect , Hessian or Prussian construction officer and monument conservator .


Heinrich was a descendant of the builder Hans von Dehn-Rothfelser . After completing his training in 1847, he entered the service of the Hessian Elector Friedrich Wilhelm I as a construction manager and worked mainly in Bad Wilhelmshöhe .

In 1865 Dehn-Rotfelser was appointed master builder and in 1868 appointed professor at the Kassel Art Academy . After 1866, a larger practical activity opened up for him, as the new building of the Kassel picture gallery was entrusted to him, which he carried out in the neo-renaissance style from 1872 to 1877 .

In 1878 he was promoted to the rank of government and building councilor in the district government of Potsdam and was provisionally appointed in 1881, and finally in 1882 as a secret councilor to conservator of art monuments in the Prussian state and lecturer in the Prussian Ministry of Culture. In the same year he became an extraordinary member of the "Academy of Building" in Berlin.

The later Prussian Lieutenant General Friedrich von Dehn-Rotfelser (1857–1931) was his son.

Heinrich von Dehn-Rotfelser died in Berlin in 1885 at the age of 64 and was buried in the Old Twelve Apostles Cemetery in Schöneberg . The grave has not been preserved.


  • Medieval monuments in Kurhessen. Kassel 1862–1866 (multiple volumes).
  • The architecture in the exhibition of 1867 and the latest building activity in Paris. Observations made during a visit to the Paris World Exhibition on behalf of the Royal High Presidium at Cassel. Theodor Kay publishing house, Kassel 1868.
  • (with Wilhelm Lotz): The architectural monuments in the administrative district of Cassel. Döll & Schäffer, Kassel 1870. ( Reprint / facsimile 2000)
  • The new picture gallery building in Cassel. In: Zeitschrift für Bauwesen , Volume 29, 1879, Columns 9–34.


  • o. V .: Secret government councilor v. Dehn-Rotfelser †. In: Centralblatt der Bauverwaltung. 5th year 1885, No. 27 (from July 4, 1885), p. 287f.
  • Marianne Heinz: Heinrich von Dehn-Rotfelser. Travel diaries. (Workbooks of the State Office for Monument Preservation Hessen, Volume 27. Ed. By the State Office for Monument Preservation Hessen), Darmstadt 2015, ISBN 9783806233032 .

Web links

Commons : Heinrich von Dehn-Rotfelser  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Decernat transferred in matters of art monuments , Centralblatt der Bauverwaltung, May 28, 1881, p. 73, accessed on December 7, 2012
  2. Appointment to the secret government and lecturing council as well as the conservator of the art monuments , Centralblatt der Bauverwaltung , April 15, 1882, p. 125, accessed on December 10, 2012
  3. Handover to the Cominissar of the Grand Ducal Ministry , Centralblatt der Bauverwaltung , June 10, 1882, p. 197, accessed on December 10, 2012
  4. Wallmüller: Officer strain list of the Royal Prussian Infantry Regiment von Wittich No. 83. 1866-1903.. ES Mittler & Sohn , Berlin 1903, p. 46.
  5. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende: Lexicon of Berlin burial places . Pharus-Plan, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-86514-206-1 , p. 750.