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Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Project for a Royal Palace on the Acropolis

Rand Carter
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
Vol. 38, No. 1 (Mar., 1979), pp. 34-46
DOI: 10.2307/989347
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/989347
Page Count: 13
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Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Project for a Royal Palace on the Acropolis
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Abstract

Schinkel's project for a palace on the Athenian Acropolis was designed for Otto von Wittelsbach, who had been elected King of Greece in 1832. Friedrich Wilhelm, Crown Prince of Prussia, suggested in 1833 that Schinkel undertake the project, and the following year the Berlin architect submitted plans, sections, elevations, and perspectives, together with an extensive commentary. This paper examines the project in detail, relates it to Schinkel's oeuvre, and sets it within the context of work by Schaubert and Kleanthes, Leo von Klenze, and Friedrich von Gärtner. Schinkel's project was conveniently layed out, modestly scaled, and successfully integrated with the antiquities on the Acropolis. It was not built primarily due to the severe economic restrictions then prevailing in Greece.

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