Henri Labrouste - France

Henri Labrouste (11.05.1801 - 26.06.1875) was a French architect and pioneer for iron constructions. He studied in the studios of Vaudoyer and Lebas, and at the Academy of Fine Arts.
He won the grand prize for architecture in 1824. In 1829 he was appointed inspector of the work on the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris and received
the commission for the construction
of the National Library
, after he had realized several large buildings, such as the hospice of Lausanne (1837) und Sainte-Geneviève library in Paris (1843–1850).
Henri Labrouste was appointed
successor of Jakob Ignaz Hittorffs at the Art Academy on 23 November 1867.
Unlike other architects of his time, such as Gottfried Semper, who largely rejected the visible use of iron or considerd it to be appropriat only for "minor" buildings such as
industrial constructions or station
concourses, Henri Labrouste shows undisguised iron architectures in his two Parisian library buildings.

1843 - 1850    Bibliotheque St.Geneviève