Imre Steindl

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Steindl Imre
Steindl Imre Pollák.jpg
Imre Steindl (1884)
Imre Ferenc Károly Steindl

(1839-10-29)29 October 1839
Died31 August 1902(1902-08-31) (aged 62)
Other namesSteindl Imre Ferenc Károly
Alma materTU Wien, Vienna
Technical University of Budapest
BuildingsHungarian Parliament Building, Budapest
St. Elizabeth Cathedral, Košice

Steindl Imre (born Steindl Imre Ferenc Károly, 29 October 1839 in Pest – 31 August 1902 in Budapest) was a Hungarian architect.

Steindl Imre (sometimes called in German Emerich Steindl or Emmerich Steindl[1][2]) was the designer of Budapest Országház, associate professor, correspondent of Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The 19th century, but especially the end of the century Miklós Ybl and Frigyes Schulek, the most significant architect is Steindl. Followed by his early style, romanticism, rooted in life-style history. His most famous work, the Hungarian Parliament Building, is regarded by many as a symbol of the capital city, though the plans have led many critics to the builder. Undoubtedly,[according to whom?] Steindl created the most characteristic work of dualist Hungary with his two decades of work. With Parliament's size, Parliament wanted to symbolize the thousand-year-old state of power.


He graduated at the Technical University of Budapest and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He was a teacher at the Budapest Technical University from 1869. He was elected honorary and corresponding member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1891 and was admitted to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1898.

Parliament House in Budapest
Parliament Building, Budapest

His architectural interest was initially historicism, then Renaissance and Gothic style.

He is most famous for the Hungarian Parliament Building built in Neo-gothic style, but his other outstanding works include the Saint Elizabeth (Budapest) Church as well as the reconstruction of the St. Elizabeth Church (Košice) and the Hunyad Castle.

Steindl went blind before the completion of the Hungarian Parliament and died in 1902 in Budapest. He is buried at Kerepesi Cemetery.

Main works[edit]

  • New Town hall, Budapest (1870–1872, Budapest V., Váci u. 62 – 64.)
  • Commercial Trade and Industrial Bank (1872)
  • Hunyad Castle restoration (1870–1874) - carried out after the original designer, Ferenc Schulcz's, death
  • Szeged, Franciscan church remodelling (1876)
  • St. Elizabeth Cathedral remodelling, Košice[3][4]
  • University Buildings on Múzeum körút, District VIII (1880–1883)
  • Máriafalva (today Mariasdorf, Burgenland, Austria), St Mary of Resurrection reconstruction in Neo-Gothic style (1882–1899) with Zsolnay tiled main altar
  • St Elizabeth Church, Rózsák tere, Budapest District VII, (1893–1901)


  1. ^ Both versions occur but the German Wikipedia article 'Imre Steindl'
  2. ^ "% 2C1077279001% 3Fcc% 3D1452460 & cc = 1452460 Deaths are registered in Bp. I-III. dist. united state mortal akv. 2201/1902". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. ^ Website of the Saint Elisabeth Church (click "lejátszás")
  4. ^ "The Square of Roses, where the above church is located". Retrieved 29 October 2017.

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