PERSIUS, Friedrich Ludwig
(b. 1803, Potsdam, d. 1845, Potsdam)
Heilandskirche, Port von Sacrow, Potsdam
In the first half of the 19th century in Germany, alongside Gothic Revival buildings, other styles in church architecture had also gained a footing. The first sketch of the church of the Redeemer (Heilandskirche) as an Italianate building with a detached campanile was made by the new Prussian king, Frederick William IV. Standing on an artificial terrace surrounded by an open arcade, the church, executed by Friedrich Ludwig Persius, resembles a ship in the water. A particularly attractive feature is the contrast between the arcading and the delicate patterning in variegated brick on the walls behind.