Jean de Bodt

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Jean de Bodt
Zeughaus 4a.jpg
Jean de Bodt
Died(1745-01-03)3 January 1745
Other namesJohann von Bodt

Jean de Bodt (1670 – 3 January 1745) was a Baroque architect of the 18th century.


Bodt was born in Paris to French Huguenot parents. He studied architecture, but was forced to flee from France after the Edict of Fontainebleau in the entourage of William III of Orange, the later William III of England to the Netherlands and further to London in 1688. He was promoted to a Captain of the British Artillery and Engineer Corps.[1]

Berlin Zeughaus

In 1699 he moved to Berlin to accomplish the construction of the Zeughaus (arsenal), which was now largely influenced by the French and British style of the late 17th century. Bodt also worked at the Palaces of Potsdam and Schlodien,[2] the Fortress of Wesel and completed the construction plans of the tower of the Berlin Parochialchurch in 1715. According to his drafts, Friedrichstein Palace in East Prussia was built for Count Dönhoff under the supervision of John von Collas.

Between 1709 and 1714 In 1728 switched into Saxonian service, where he became general intendant of civil and military buildings as successor of Count Wackerbarth and he received the title of General of the Infantry in 1741, but worked exclusively as an architect. Together with Pöppelmann and Longuelune he converted a small country house into the Japanese Palace at Dresden. He founded the Dresden Engineer Academy in 1742. Bodt died in Dresden.

Buildings by Jean de Bodt[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Hans-Joachim Kuke: Jean de Bodt 1670–1745. Architekt und Ingenieur im Zeitalter des Barock. Verlag Werner, Worms 2002, ISBN 3-88462-179-3 (in German)
  • Klaus-Ludwig Thiel: Staatsbauentwürfe Jean de Bodts für Friedrich I. in Theorie und Praxis. Kleikamp, Köln 1987 (in German)


  1. ^ Biography at Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (in German)
  2. ^ Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine (in German)