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Nicolas de Pigage

Nicolas de Pigage (3 August 1723 30 July 1796) was a French builder.

Pigage was born in Lunéville. His father was a stonemason. In 1743 he began his studies at the École Militaire, changing to the Académie Royale d'Architecture after only one year studying under Jacques-François Blondel. Elector Karl Theodor summoned him to his court in Mannheim and in 1752 he became the Oberbaudirector.

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De Pigage contributed to the erection of the residency in Mannheim and of Schwetzingen Castle. He led the construction of the eastern wing of the Mannheimer Schloss.

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He was the architect of the Karlstor and of a mansion called Pflege Schönau. Pigage conducted many joint projects with Franz Wilhelm Rabaliatti but they were also in competition with each other.

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He died in Schwetzingen.

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