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Lars Sonck

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Biography Lars Sonck

(b. Kalvia, Finland 1870; d. Helsinki, Finland 1956)

Lars Eliel Sonck was born in Kalvia, Finland in 1870. He graduated from Helsinki's Polytechnic Institute in 1894 and immediately won a major competition for a church in Turku.

Sonck ignored the growing trend toward architectural rationalism. Instead, he borrowed from the historical tradition of Finland's medieval stone structures and residential wood based architecture. His more monumental commissions show the influence of a neo-Romanesque style.

A prominent figure in Finland's search for architectural identity, Sonck played a leading role in the development of a National Romanticism. He died in Helsinki in 1956.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p145.

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