Skjøld Neckelmann

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Skjøld Neckelmann

Frederik Skjøld Neckelmann , also written Skjold or Skjöld , (born November 24, 1854 in Hamburg , †  May 13, 1903 in Neckargemünd ) was an architect with Danish citizenship who lived and worked in Germany . Together with August Hartel and later alone, he built several representative buildings in Strasbourg , the capital of the realm of Alsace-Lorraine .


Neckelmann was the son of a Danish merchant living in Hamburg. He studied at the Vienna Art Academy under Theophil von Hansen from 1874 to 1877 and later briefly at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris . He then worked in Hamburg together with the architect Franz Schmidt. In 1885 he moved to Leipzig , where he associated himself with August Hartel. In 1889, the King of Württemberg awarded him the long-awaited building contract for the construction of the Royal Industrial Museum in Stuttgart. This was connected with a residence obligation. Here he not only designed the building for a performance exhibition of Württemberg engineering, but also the entire interior decoration. At the same time, Hartel was appointed cathedral master builder with a residence obligation in Strasbourg, where Hartel died in 1890 at the age of 56. As early as 1889 Neckelmann was appointed professor to the chair for urban planning at the Technical University of Stuttgart . Neckelmann had to stop working for health reasons as early as 1901. He died at the age of 48.


For his secular buildings Neckelmann preferred the neo-renaissance style with symmetrical layout, columns and a flat construction. Probably his largest project, the unfinished design for the new Strasbourg main post office from 1897, testifies to an increasingly bombastic approach to public construction.

Buildings and designs

Evangelical Christ Church in Cologne


  • with Ferdinand Meldahl : Monuments of the Renaissance in Denmark. Ernst Wasmuth Verlag, Berlin 1888.
  • with August Hartel: From our portfolio. Selection of excellent designs. Volume 1: 1886-1887. Hiersemann, Leipzig 1888. ( Portfolio with 36 panels in the format 30 cm × 45 cm)
  • with August Hartel: From our portfolio. Selection of excellent designs. Volume 2: 1888. Hiersemann, Leipzig 1889. (Portfolio with 40 panels in the format 30 cm × 45 cm)


Web links

Commons : Skjøld Neckelmann  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Neckelmann's draft for the new Strasbourg main post office  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. from , accessed May 22, 2015@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /