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CONSTANT DESIRE DESPRADELLE Edit Profile

Architect , Professor

Architect and professor of architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who, through his teaching, influenced a generation of Beaux-Arts style architects and helped to popularize this style throughout North America.

Background

Constant Desire Despradelle was born in 1862 in France (in the former province of Burgundy).

Education

At the age of twenty he was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and after four years of study received his diploma in 1886, and in 1889 won the second Grand Prix de Rome.

Career

He left France to pursue a professional career in America, and in Boston where he subsequently settled accepted in 1893 the position of Professor of Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and over a period of nearly twenty years remained head of the School of Architecture.

He also participated, but briefly, in private practice in Boston. In partnership with Stephen Codman (Codman and Despradelle) he submitted the winning design in the competition for the new Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, his most important work.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Berkeley Building on Boylston Street, Boston

      (the best-known project of Codman and Despradelle)

    • new Peter Brent Brigham Hospital

Connections

coworker:
Stephen Codman - Architect

Constant Desire Despradelle was in partnership with Stephen Codman (Codman and Despradelle).