Octave Levenspiel

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Swedge Wang wrote on September 7, 2018:
I graduated from the history department of Wuhan University in China more than 30 years ago.I am interested in the early building groups in Wuhan University.I knew Polish architect Abraham Levenspiel and Professor Octave Levenspiel by reading a book about the early building groups in Wuhan University.
Over the past 90 years,Wuhan University has established deep ties to USA. In 1930s,National Wuhan University has built an elegant palatial architectural complex of primitive simplicity which blends perfectly the eastern architectural style with that of the west.Francis Henry Kales(1882-1957),Polish architect Abraham Levenspiel and German architect Richard Sachse were the architects of National Wuhan University campus.
In 1928,the Ministry of Education of Republic of China decided to reorganized National Wuchang Zhongshan University which was sited in Wuhan and have National Wuhan University built in Luojia Mountain near East Lake.Geologist Li Siguang,the secretary-general of the committee of National Wuhan University, went to Shanghai to invite Francis Henry Kales to design the campus and buildings of National Wuhan University. Kales agreed with him and chose Polish architect Abraham Levenspiel and German architect Richard Sachse as his assistants. Kales flew to Wuhan with Li Siguang and visited Luojia Mountain.After their hard work,Kales’ design plan was passed by the committee of National Wuhan University.Work began on the construction of National Wuhan University’s Luojia Mountain campus in March 1930.
Although Kales’ design plan had not been carried out completely because of Japanese soldiers’ occupation in 1938,he was awarded “Honorary Engineer” which is the only reputation given to a person who is relevant to Wuhan University in its history. Kales gave all the design drawings of early building groups to Abraham Levenspiel. Abraham Levenspiel kept them carefully for several decades and gave them to his son Octave Levenspiel .
The early building groups in Wuhan University were built alongside mountain and river and arranged and distrubuted according to the topographic conditions of the mountain.By means of such scenery creation methods as oppositing scene and lending scene,many garden scenic sights have been created and various kinds of vegetation have been implanted,showing prominently the characteristics of the buildings and making it possible for the building groups to combine harmoniously with the natural environment.In February 1932,the modern campus came into use. Because of the early building groups and beautiful scenery,Wuhan University is honored as the "Most Beautiful University in China" .In 2001,the early building groups in Wuhan University was named “The Fifth Batch of national key cultural relics protection units”.
On November 16th 2005,Octave Levenspiel visited Wuhan University with all the design drawings of early building groups.He donated them to Wuhan University,fulfilling the wish of Francis Henry Kales and Abraham Levenspiel. The 177 design drawings returned to their home around half the earth nearly 80 years later.They were identified as National first class cultural relic and kept in Wuhan University Archives permanently.
Thank all the architects and Professor Octave Levenspiel for their huge contribution to my alma mater Wuhan University.
Would you please give me more details about the design drawings of early building groups?My email address is swedgewang@163.com.Please answer me an email.Thank you very much! Wish you good luck!