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Ferdinand Cheval

1836 - 1924

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Ferdinand Cheval (19 April 1836 – 19 August 1924), often nicknamed Facteur Cheval ("Mail Carrier Cheval") was a French mail carrier who spent 33 years building Le Palais idéal (the "Ideal Palace") in Hauterives, in southeastern France. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand Cheval has received more than 678,472 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Ferdinand Cheval is the 76th most popular architect, the 855th most popular biography from France (up from 877th in 2019) and the 11th most popular French Architect.

Ferdinand Cheval is most famous for his 1869 design of the original Monopoly board.

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Among architects, Ferdinand Cheval ranks 76 out of 424Before him are Erich Mendelsohn, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Daniel Libeskind, Louis Kahn, Bruno Taut, and Domenico Fontana. After him are Robert Venturi, Josef Hoffmann, Hemiunu, Gottfried Semper, Sostratus of Cnidus, and Jože Plečnik.

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Among people born in 1836, Ferdinand Cheval ranks 11Before him are Sophia of Nassau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Francis II of the Two Sicilies, Marie Henriette of Austria, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Sakamoto Ryōma. After him are James Tissot, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Joseph Chamberlain, Jules Chéret, Princess Anna of Prussia, and Hassan I of Morocco. Among people deceased in 1924, Ferdinand Cheval ranks 16Before him are Carl Spitteler, Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, Frances Hodgson Burnett, George Mallory, Ferruccio Busoni, and Robert Nivelle. After him are Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant, G. Stanley Hall, Giacomo Matteotti, Léon Bakst, Eleonora Duse, and Paul Natorp.

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In France

Among people born in France, Ferdinand Cheval ranks 855 out of 6,011Before him are Jules Ferry (1832), Jérôme Lalande (1732), Émile Borel (1871), Louis Néel (1904), Jacques Callot (1592), and Balthus (1908). After him are Stéphane Audran (1932), Jean-Luc Nancy (1940), Charles III of Navarre (1361), Gaston Doumergue (1863), Caterina Valente (1931), and Danielle Darrieux (1917).

Among ARCHITECTS In France

Among architects born in France, Ferdinand Cheval ranks 11Before him are François Mansart (1598), Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646), Louis Le Vau (1612), Jean Nouvel (1945), Charles Garnier (1825), and Hector Guimard (1867). After him are Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (1700), Claude Nicolas Ledoux (1736), Claude Perrault (1613), Pierre Lescot (1515), Étienne-Louis Boullée (1728), and Lúcio Costa (1902).