PERSIUS, Friedrich Ludwig
(b. 1803, Potsdam, d. 1845, Potsdam)

Exterior view

Pumping house, Potsdam

In the first half of the 19th century, even industrial architecture was dominated by historical styles. In the age of the steam engine and nascent mechanization, architects wanted to beautify industrial processes with historical styles. An example is Persius's pumping engine house for Sanssouci, Potsdam, constructed in a playful Moorish style that is more reminiscent of the "fabriques" of landscape gardens than a building for the latest pumping technology.