Vilhelm Dahlerup

Jens Vilhelm Dahlerup

Dahlerup painted by Luplau Jansen in 1903
Born (1836-08-04)4 August 1836
Mariager, Denmark
Died 24 January 1907(1907-01-24) (aged 70)
Nationality Danish
Occupation Architect
Buildings Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Danish National Gallery
Royal Danish Theater
Jesus Church, Valby

Jens Vilhelm Dahlerup (4 August 1836 – 24 January 1907) was a Danish architect who specialized in the Historicist style. One of the most productive and noted Danish architects of the 19th century, he is behind many of the most known buildings and landmarks of his time and has more than any other single architect contributed to the way Copenhagen appears today.[1]


Dahlerup was born outside Mariager in Northern Jutland, Denmark, the son of a provost. He received his first drawing lessons in Århus in 1853, then moving to Copenhagen to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts which he started in 1856. During his studies at the Academy, he won the Academy's silver and gold medals several times and finally a travelling scholarship. In 1871 he became a member of the Academy, in 1875 becoming a Professor. Dahlerup trained under G. F. Hetsch and J.H. Nebelong.

Vilhelm Dahlerup was a member of numerous committees and commissions, including a jury member at the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia and a jury member and co-arranger of the 1878 World's Fair in Paris. From 1870 he was an artistic advisor for the Port of Copenhagen and for a while he served as the house architect of Tivoli Gardens. For many years he was the preferred architect of Carl Jacobsen and is the architect behind many of the most known buildings at the Carlsberg site.

The Jesus Church, Valby, Copenhagen (1885-91) with the Campanile (1894-95)

Selected works

See also


  1. "Vilhelm Dahlerup". Golden Days in Copenhagen. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
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