Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland

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Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland ((1866-07-29)29 July 1866 – 8 August 1926(1926-08-08) (aged 60)) was a Norwegian architect.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Jens Kielland was a member of the prominent Kielland dynasty. He was born in Stavanger to priest and politician Jacob Kielland (1841–1915) and his wife Diderikke Jørgine (1842–1918), née Monrad.[2] His grandfather was Jens Zetlitz Kielland, and through him, Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland was the nephew of painter Kitty Lange Kielland and novelist Alexander Kielland. He had five sisters and four brothers, all of them younger than he was,[3] although one died young.

In April 1896 he married pianist Anna Magdalena Cathrine Christie (1871–1948), daughter of jurist Hans Langsted Christie.[4] They had two children,[2] Jacob Christie Kielland became an architect and Else Christie Kielland became a painter.


Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland took his architectural education in Berlin, and established himself in Bergen, Norway in 1894. By then, he had worked in Ludwigshafen, Halle and Berlin. In Bergen he drew several well-known buildings like Bergen Railway Station, Gamlehaugen and Bergen Handelsgymnasium.[2] He drew St. Olaf's church in Balestrand in 1897, Rødven church in Rødven and Stordal church in Stordal in 1907.[2]

From 1912 to 1918 he was a professor at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondhjem. During this period, he published books such as By og bygd i Stavanger amt (1915, together with Anders Beer Wilse). From 1919 to 1921 he published Norske hus og hjem in four volumes.[5] He later worked as an architect in Oslo. He died in that city in 1926, aged 60.[2]