Niels Sigfred Nebelong

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Niels Sigfred Nebelong
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Born (1806-10-14)October 14, 1806
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died October 9, 1871(1871-10-09) (aged 64)
Nationality Danish
Occupation Architect
Buildings Old Carlsberg

Niels Sigfred Nebelong (14 October 1806 – 9 October 1871) was a Danish architect who worked in the Historicist style. He was city architect in Copenhagen from 1863 and also designed many lighthouses around Denmark in his capacity as resident architect for the Danish lighthouse authority.


Early life and education[edit]

Niels Sigfred Nebelong was born on 14 October 1806 in Copenhagen. In 1819 he was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he studied under Gustav Friedrich Hetsch,[1] and won both the small and large gold medal, in 1833 and 1837 respectively. Nebelong taught at the Academy for several years before he went abroad on its travel acolarship from 1839 to 1842. He first studied with Henri Labrouste in Paris and then continued to Italy and Greece.

After a few years as a teacher at the Academy, he travelled to Paris, where he studied under Henri Labrouste, and then continued to Italy and Greece, before returning to Denmark in 1842.


Back in Denmark, his first assignment was restoration work at Ribe Cathedral from 1843 to 1845, and two commissions in Kolding. In 1846 he returned to Copenhagen.

He became a member of the Academy in 1855 and the following year was appointed City Architect in Copenhagen. He also had many private clients.

Nebelong also served as resident architect for the Danish lighthouse authority, designing numerous lighthouses around the country. He also designed many town jails and court houses.

From 1863 to 1853 he headed the re-building of Viborg Cathedral but died before its completion.


Typically of the Historicist period, Nebelong worked in a number of different styles, including the late Neo-Classicism (Kolding Gymnasium, 1845–46), Gothic Revival (Slagelse Convent,1857–59), and Romanesque Revival (Viborg Cathedral, 1863–76, completed by H.B. Storck).

Selected works[edit]

Restoration work[edit]


  1. ^ "N.S. Nebelong" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 2011-10-04.