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2001 | 2 | 55-68

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DESCRIPTIONS OF NEO-GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE IN THE LITERATURE (Neogotikas arhitekturas atspogulojums literatura)


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Neo-Gothic architecture has never been studied separately from other styles in Latvia. It has been reviewed as one of a number of styles in several publications. The first serious studies were done by the Rigensian architect and art historian Wilhelm Neumann, who understood the need to preserve information for future generations about work that young architects were doing during his time. In publications about the history of architecture that appeared in the 1920s and I 930s, there was much criticism of buildings that had been put up in the latter half of the 19th century, but here, too, we find a considerable amount of information for the architectural research of that period. Information about the work of architects and builders in Kurzeme and Vidzeme between 1400 and 1870 was provided by the architect Pauls Kampe. A book by Heinz Pirang, 'Das baltische Herrenhaus', which was written in the 1920s and 1930s, provided the first overall look at the way in which manor houses in Latvia developed from the Middle Ages until 1914. In the 1950s and 1960s there were several publications in which authors looked at the architecture of specific manor houses or concrete eras in time, but the objects that were studied were all built far before the mid-19th century. New breezes in the study of architecture from the period of Eclecticism appeared in the 1970s, when Janis Krastins began to publish his studies. In the 1970s and 1980s, Imants Lancmanis, IIze Janele and other specialists studied the architecture of manor houses. This process continued in the early 1990s. Lancmanis is continuing to study the architecture of specific manor houses, and his books and articles lead the field when it comes to researching the 18th century and the early 19th century. Work by Dainis Brugis and Ojars Sparitis, both of whom have focused on the same period, is also worthy of attention. In 1996, there was a very significant event in the research of manor house architecture in the latter half of the 19th century and in the early 20th century - the publication of the monograph 'Manor Houses of the Historicism Period in Latvia' by Dainis Brugis.


  • Janis Zilgalvis, State Inspection for Heritage Protection, Maza Pils iela 19, Riga LV-1050, Latvia


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