Hugo Licht

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Hugo Licht
Hugo Licht.jpg
Hugo Licht (ca. 1900); photo by Hermann Walter
Born (1841-02-21)21 February 1841
Nieder-Zedlitz, Germany (today Siedlnica, Poland)
Died 28 February 1923(1923-02-28) (aged 82)
Leipzig, Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Architect

Hugo Georg Licht (21 February 1841 in Nieder-Zedlitz (today Siedlnica, Poland) – 28 February 1923 in Leipzig, Germany) was a German architect.


Licht was the son of the landholder Georg Hugo Licht. In the years 1862 and 1863 he was mason trainee at the renowned Berlin architects Wilhelm Böckmann and Hermann Ende. At this time, they embossed at that time the late Neoclassical architecture in Berlin – especially with private villas and other magnificent buildings.

In 1864, he enrolled at the Berlin Royal Prussian Academy of Architecture and was a pupil of Friedrich Adler. Later and with his recommendation Licht could change in the studio of the architect Richard Lucae in Berlin. In contrast to the orientation of Adler at the work of Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Lucae favored the formal language of the Italian Renaissance. Later he moved to Vienna and worked with the architect Heinrich von Ferstel.

From 1869 until the end of 1870 Licht traveled through Italy. This study tour took him through the whole country, but priorities were Rome and Pompeii. After returning to Germany, he married Clara Heckmann the same year. In the spring of the following year he established himself as a freelance architect in Berlin and worked as such until 1879. The plot of the land and the important buildings of the Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Weissensee were built after his plans in 1879/1880. During his time in Berlin, Licht made several study trips to Paris and London, where he also met with colleagues.

In 1879 Licht was entrusted with the leadership of the Building Surveyor of the city of Leipzig. He held this office until 1896 and was released by the office in October 1896 for the work on the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall (Leipzig)). He held the function as a city planner until 1906.

Licht served from 1901 as editor of Die Architektur des XX. Jahrhunderts (The Architecture of the XX. Century) and from 1905 he was additional the editor of Der Profanbau (The Secular Building). Also in 1905 he became honorary doctorate (Dr.-Ing. E. h.) by the Technische Universität Dresden. In 1906 he was awarded with the title professor by the Universität Leipzig.

At the age of almost 82 years, Licht died on 28 February 1923 in Leipzig.

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