Louis-Jules André

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For the landscape painter, see Jules André.
Gallery of Evolution (formerly Museum of Natural History), Jardin des Plantes, Paris
Gallery of Evolution, interior

Louis-Jules André (24 June 1819 – 30 January 1890) was a French academic architect and the head of an important atelier at the École des Beaux-Arts.


Born in Paris, André attended the École des Beaux-Arts and took the Prix de Rome in architecture in 1847, attending the Villa Medici in Rome from 1848 through 1852, with some time spent in Sicily and Greece.

His best-known work is probably the Museum of Natural History (now the Gallery of Evolution) in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, a transitional work combining classical rhythms and ornamental details with cast-iron structure and a glass roof. Among other honors he was a Commander of the Legion of Honor.[1]

Atelier Andre[edit]

The atelier André produced some 500 students altogether, eight winners of the Prix de Rome, and even an alumni association founded in 1883 with 140 members. The graduates included:


  1. ^ American architect and architecture, Volume 29, March 8, 1890
  2. ^ Praeger encyclopedia of art, Volume 4, pg. 1333