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Fredrik August Lidströmer

Fredrik August Lidströmer

Swedish architect
The basics
Occupation Architect Drawer Military officer
Country Sweden
Date of birth
Date of death 1856 Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden
Father: Jonas Lidströmer
The details

Fredrik August Lidströmer (1787–1856), son of Jonas Lidströmer. Swedish architect, artist and marine officer and Stockholm's City architect. Grown up in the naval city of Karlskrona and came to Stockholm to help his father with construction of the Obelisk at Slottsbacken adjacent to the royal palace, and then continued with the construction of the quays surrounding the waters of the capital and he is the architect of Stockholm's oldest official park, the Strömparterren, between the Royal Palace in Stockholm and the Opera House, just opposite today's Parliament building (Riksdagen)

He was the first architect for king Karl XIV Johan at the construction of the original Rosendal Palace (that burned down 1819). He was Stockholm's City architect 1818-1824. He also performed the drawings for the new replacing Rosendal palace, which was to a great deal followed by Fredrik Blom, who was also the adept of the father Jonas Lidströmer. The Queen's pavilion (Drottningpaviljongen) at the present Rosendal palace is however completely the work of Fredrik August Lidströmer, as well as the Guard's cottage (Vaktstugan).

He belonged to the officers around king Karl XIV Johan. The statue of Carl XIII in the Royal garden (Kungsträdgården) in Stockholm was constructed by him. At the order of the king he was also responsible for transport and placement of the giant Porphyry Vase at the Rosendal palace. Porphyry is a unique volcanic stone, extremely heavy and solid, and the Rosendal Vase is the world's largest porfyr object, cut in one item and considered a masterpiece. See Älvdalen (Älvdal Porphyry) in Dalarna (Dalacarlia).

Fredrik August Lidströmer also worked under Baltzar von Platen with the construction of Göta Canal, the canal connecting Sweden's east and west coasts, the most expensive and technically advanced building project at the time. He also constructed Visby Hospital (Visby lasarett) on Gotland and the Prison (Länsfängelset) in Nyköping. His last works were the quays of Nybroviken, where Strandvägen meet the Theatre (Dramaten) in central Stockholm.

He reached the grade, colonel-mecanicus and became knight of the royal order of Wasa, as his father. His work has been documented on several preserved original paintings, drawings and other art work in a number of archives.

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