Thomas Gobert (c. 1630 or 1640 – c. 1708) was a 17th-century French architect and engineer.


He is credited with the construction of the Trianon de Saint-Cloud, since transformed into the pavillon de Breteuil, in the parc of Saint-Cloud, begun in 1670 and completed in 1680. One of the ponds bears his name.

He built the water supply network for the "lower gravity ponds" from Trappes, Arcy and Saclay to supply water to the park of the Château de Versailles between 1678 and 1680.

He erected the aqueduc de Buc [fr] between 1684 and 1686 and built the hôtel de Sénecterre [fr], rue de l'Université in Paris, at the end of the 17th century.[1]

He also made a bronze equestrian statue of Louis XIV, preserved in the Louvre.[2] He was also involved in the construction of the collégiale Notre-Dame de Vitry-le-François [fr], in which he realized the southern chapels and the nave. For the latter, vaulted, high and bright, he showed architectural audacity by removing the third pillar to replace it with an arch in the form of an anse de panier [fr], a rare, even unique, configuration in France.[3][4]

In 1699, Louis XIV appointed him a member of the Académie royale d'architecture, one of the seven first-class academicians.[5][6]

In 1662, he was married with Marie Delespine, sister of Nicolas II Delespine, of whom he had a son, Claude-Thomas Gobert, architect, whom he disinherited after his marriage which he did not approve.[7]



  1. ^ "Thomas Gobert". structurae. Retrieved 8 April 2018..
  2. ^ Base Joconde: Reference no. M5037011089, French Ministry of Culture. (in French)
  3. ^ "La collégiale Notre-Dame de l'Assomption à Vitry-le-François (51)". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  4. ^ Michel Picard and Yves Baudin. "La ville de Vitry-le-François et l'église Notre-Dame, témoin privilégié de l'architecture des XVII/XVIIIth-centuries" (PDF). La sauvegarde de l'art français. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ Association à la découverte du plateau de Palaiseau, Parcours historique: à la découverte du plateau de Palaiseau, p. 24, 2014 ISBN 978-2-322036806 Read online.
  6. ^ Henry Lemonnier, Procès-verbaux de l'Académie royale d'architecture 1671-1793, volume III, 1697-1711, p. XXI, 141-142, Édouard Champion, Paris, 1913 Read online
  7. ^ Mireille Rambaud, Documents du Minutier central concernant l'histoire de l'art (1700-1750), volume II, p. XIX, 55, 90-91 Read online