Philip de Lange

Philip de Lange (c. 1705 – 17 September 1766) was a leading Dutch-Danish architect who designed many different types of building in various styles including Dutch Baroque and Rococo.

Philip de Lange
Bornc. 1705
Died17 September 1766
Copenhagen, Denmark

Early life and familyEdit

Philip de Lange was probably born near Strasbourg and was trained as a mason in the Netherlands. He arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1729 where he quickly gained a reputation as an architect and master builder.[1]


De Lange created a large number of works of various types including civil and military buildings, mansions, country houses, warehouses, factories, churches and parks.

The Dutch Baroque influence in his early work can, for example, be seen in the premises he built for Ziegler, the pastry cook, at Nybrogade 12 (1732).[2] While initially he appears to have been struck by Ewert Janssen's earlier work, he soon seems to have been influenced by Elias Häusser and Lauritz de Thurah.

Like Krieger, he participated strongly in creating fine bourgeois dwellings in Copenhagen, especially the gabled houses on Købmagergade.

His most notable achievements include the Headquarters of the Asiatic Company in Christianshavn (1739), the Masting Crane on Holmen (1750) and Stephen Hansen's Mansion in Helsingør (1763). He also adapted Glorup Manor on Funen to the Baroque style adding a magnificent mansard roof (1744).[3]

For almost 30 years, de Lange was the leading master builder at the Holmen Naval Station. Among other things, he constructed 24 Nyboder two-storey houses from 1754 to 1756.[4]

De Lange is remembered above all for his fine, simple buildings in the classical Rococo style. A good example is Damsholte Church on the island of Møn, the only Rococo village church in Denmark.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

De Lange married twice: first with Jacomine Pieters in the Hague (1724), then with Anna Lucia Ehlers in Copenhagen (1738).

List of worksEdit

Arsenalet, Holmen, Copenhagen (1741-1745 and 1745)

Ø Ved Stranden 16, Copenhagen (1748)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Philip de Lange. From Den store Danske. In Danish. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  2. ^ Philip de Lange. From KunstIndeks Danmark. In Danish. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  3. ^ Glorup Gods. In Danish. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  4. ^ Nyboder. From In Danish. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  5. ^ Damsholte Kirke - historie og arkitektur. Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine In Danish. Retrieved 12 January 2010.


  • Elling, Christian: Philip de Lange. En studie i dansk Barokarkitektur. Akademisk Arkitektforening, Copenhagen. 1931, 48 pp.
  • Rikke Tønnes: Stephen Hansens palæ - Bygherren - Arkitekten Philip de Lange - Livet i og omkring et helsingørsk handelshus, Copenhagen: Arkitektens Forlag, 1997, 228 pp.