- Robert L. Alexander
Godefroy, Maximilian (1765–07 April 1848), architect, was born in Paris to a Hungarian father, Stephen Godefroy, and Marie Catherine Boulnez. Baptized Jean Maur, he assumed the name Maximilian during military service (1794–1795). His employment in engineering during the 1790s and his later use of literary quotations testify to a good education. His figural, landscape, and architectural compositions attest to training in drawing, and about 1802 he began to study architecture from books. Under suspicion of harboring thoughts inimical to the regime, he was held by Napoleon’s secret police from September 1803 to March 1805, then released on condition of exile to the United States....