GILLY, Friedrich David
(b. 1772, Altdamm, d. 1800, Karlsbad)


German architect, son of the architect David Gilly. He was known as a prodigy and the teacher of the young Karl Friedrich Schinkel. In 1788 he enrolled at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Berlin. His teachers there included Carl Gotthard Langhans and Johann Gottfried Schadow.

In 1797 he travelled extensively in France, England, and Austria. The drawings he made in France reveal his interests in architecture and reflect the intellectual climate of the Directoire. They include views of the Fountain of Regeneration, the Rue des Colonnes - an arcaded street of baseless Doric columns leading to the Théâtre Feydeau - the chamber of the Conseil des Anciens in the Tuileries and Jean-Jacques Rousseau's grotto in its landscaped setting at Ermenonville, Oise.

His 1797 design for the Frederick II monument reveals his debt to French Neoclassicism, in particular Etienne-Louis Boullée, his explanatory notes indicate he intended the building to be spiritually uplifting. Beginning in 1799 Schinkel lived in the Gilly household at Berlin and was taught by Friedrich and Friedrich's architect father David Gilly.

Gilly was appointed professor at the Berlin Bauakademie at the age of 26. Of his built designs, only one survives: the ruinous Greek Revival mausoleum (1800-02; mostly destroyed after 1942) at Dyhernfurth near Breslau (now Brzeg Dolny near Wroc³aw, Poland), in the form of a prostyle Greek temple.

Gilly died from tuberculosis at the age of 28 in Karlsbad.

Friedrich Gilly built little, dying in 1800, but he left some remarkable designs that justify his central place in German Neoclassicism.