1840

King Ludwig I commissions Friedrich von Gärtner to design a representative new building for the University.

Historische Abbildung des LMU Hauptgebäudes.

LMU’s Main Building in Munich, designed by Friedrich von Gärtner.

The foundation stones for the new Main Building (designed by Friedrich von Gärtner) and the new Georgianum were laid on a day marked by torrential rains in 1835. The University moved into its new quarters five years later, on 25 August, King Ludwig I’s name-day and birthday. In addition to the University and the Georgianum, the University (and parish) Church of St. Ludwig, the Court and State Library, the School for the Blind and the Institute of Education for Young Ladies (Erziehungsinstitut für Höhere Töchter) found their homes on Ludwigstrasse (named in the King’s honor).

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