Chalgrin was born in 1739. He was a French architect, best known for his design for the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.
He was educated by the prophet of neoclassicism Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni and by the radical classicist Étienne-Louis Boullée in Paris. Later he studied at the French Academy in Rome. Returning to Paris, he was quickly given an appointment as an inspector of public works for the city of Paris.
Important works by Jean Chalgrin
- Hôtel Saint-Florentin, Paris
- Hôtel de Mademoiselle de Luzy, Paris
- Additions to the Collège de France, Paris
- Restoration of the façade and rebuilding the north tower of Saint-Sulpice, Paris
- Hunting lodge, Étiolles
- Chapelle du Saint-Esprit, Paris
- Ancienne Laiterie de Madame Versailles
- Music pavilion for the comtesse de Provence, Versailles
- ÉKircheglise de St. Philippe-du-Roule, Paris
- Pavilion and jardin à l'anglaise, Versailles
- Works at Palais du Luxembourg, Paris
- Arc de Triomphe, Paris
- Restoration of the Théâtre de l'Odéon, Paris