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Jean-Nicolas Jennesson


An architect native of Lorraine and a contemporary of the famous architects Emmanuel Héré or Jean Lamour, Jean-Nicolas Jennesson was born in 1686 and will have as wife Jeanne Martin.

St. Sébastien Church

As an architect, he probably designed the first level of the famous baroque Saint-Jacques Church in Lunéville and the Saint-Rémy Abbey, which was adjacent to the church. He also drew the construction plans of the "palais abbatial" of Remiremont, and in 1736 was the architect of the former church Saint-Pierre in Nancy, in the heart of Faubourg Saint-Pierre. This remarkable construction can still be seen in Nancy, adjacent to the Hotel des Missions Royales.

At the number 92 of the exact same street, he designed himself the plans of his own mansion between 1730 and 1740, home which later became property of the Jesuits and then later of a Mr. Marin who established in it a tobacco factory. The building, known today as the former Hôtel Marino, is currently a branch of the closeby main hospital.

In 1757 Jennesson drew the stand to support the great organ of the Primatiale - future Cathedral - of Nancy and probably the case of the instrument. His masterpiece is undoubtedly the Saint-Sébastien Church in Nancy, located a few hundred meters from the Cathedral. The construction of this Baroque ensemble began in 1720, under the reign of Duke Léopold, and will be completed in 1731. The church was dedicated the following year.

Jean-Nicolas Jennesson died in 1755 and since 1917 his remains rest in the South aisle of Saint-Sébastien Church.