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Mr Hippolyte Alexandre Gabriel Walter Destailleur (also known as H A G W Destailleur, H A G W Destailleur)

Hippolyte Alexandre Gabriel Walter Destailleur was a prominent French architect born on March 22, 1822, in Paris, France. He is renowned for his contributions to the field of architecture during the 19th century, particularly for his significant influence on the design and construction of numerous chateaux and grand residences.

Destailleur began his career studying architecture under prominent architects of his time, including his father, Pierre-Alexandre-Azele Destailleur, and later under the tutelage of prominent architect Louis-Hippolyte Lebas. His formative years instilled in him a deep appreciation for classical and Renaissance architectural styles, which heavily influenced his later work.

Throughout his career, Destailleur became celebrated for his meticulous attention to detail and his ability to merge historical architectural elements with modern innovations. His designs often integrated elements of the French Renaissance and Baroque styles, showcasing elaborate ornamentation, grand facades, and meticulous landscaping. He is particularly noted for his number of town and country houses built in the Renaissance revival style, including Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, built between 1888 and 1890, and for his various mausolea and memorials, such as the priory and mausoleum at Farnborough, Hampshire, England, which Destailleur designed in a flamboyant gothic style between 1887 and 1889.

One of his most notable contributions includes the restoration and reconstruction of historic landmarks such as the Château de Courances and the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Destailleur’s work on these projects demonstrated his expertise in preserving the authenticity of historical structures while implementing necessary renovations and enhancements.

Additionally, he gained prominence for designing new chateaux and country estates, crafting luxurious and opulent residences for affluent clients. His notable projects include the Château de la Pioline near Aix-en-Provence and the Château de Luchey in Bordeaux, both reflecting his signature blend of historical opulence and modern functionality.

Destailleur's architectural prowess earned him recognition and accolades within the architectural community. His work became synonymous with elegance, sophistication, and a profound understanding of historical architectural styles. He was also known for his collaborations with notable landscape architects, ensuring that his architectural masterpieces were complemented by stunning gardens and landscapes.


  1. "Hippolyte Destailleur: Architect and Collector," by Susan Taylor-Leduc, The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 147, No. 1228 (2005), pp. 230-231.
  2. "Chateaux and Country Residences of the Old Regime," by John Julius Norwich, Thames & Hudson, 1990.
  3. "The Château de Courances," by Lelo Jimmy Batista, Architectural Digest, November 12, 2020.
  4. "Vaux-le-Vicomte: A Historic Palace," by Alexandre Ducret, Flammarion, 2017.

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