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Gilbert Viala de Sorbier

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Category Building Service Engineers

Born. La Flèche, 1817, died. 1878.

Pupil of Labrouste. Head of the civil buildings department of Oran from 1850 to 1872, when the post was abolished; appointed diocesan architect of Oran on January 19, 1873. He resigned from this last function on July 22, 1874: he had just built a tower bearing the statue of the Virgin (Our Lady of Santa Cruz) at the expense of the faithful, which cost much more than the initial estimate, to the great displeasure of the bishop.

He built the Oran prison and eighteen churches in Algeria. He exhibited at the 1869 Salon and was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1860. He was a corresponding member of the Institute.

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