DOHRING, Karl. 19096



Autograph Postal Card Signed ‘Karl Döhring’, to Berlin, possibly requesting a catalogue. In German. Rama V Postal Card, Fourth Issue surcharged 2 Atts, PC-0011. Bangkok, Siam. Received Berlin,4 July 1907. Karl Siegfried Döhring (1879-1941), German architect, art historian and archaeologist, known for his buildings in Siam. Döhring studied architecture in Berlin. He was fascinated by the rich art and architecture of Burma, and after completing his architectural studies in Berlin in 1905, he applied for a position with the Royal Siamese government in Bangkok. He began his work in July 1906 as an engineer with the Royal State Railways of Siam. Between 1906 and 1912, he planned and supervised the construction of various railway buildings: including headquarters, crew accommodation, warehouses, a printing house and several train stations at Bangkok Noi (Thonburi), Phitsanulok, Phichit, Phichai (Tambon), Uttaradit and Sawankhalok. Besides his work for the Royal train, he also designed a number of homes and commercial buildings, some of which have not yet been identified. In 1909, Döhring accepted a position as an architect and engineer with the Siamese Ministry of Interior. There, he made the acquaintance of many high-ranking officers of the ministry, and attracted the attention of members of the royal family who were working in the ministry – among them, Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, half brother of King Chulalongkorn and first interior minister of Thailand, and Dilok Nopparat, Prince of Siam. In his first two years at the Ministry, he was charged with designing and overseeing the construction of four major private buildings for members of the royal family.