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Re: George R. Pohl
Posted by: Jan Jennings Date: August 15, 2001 at 11:03:34
In Reply to: Re: George R. Pohl by Oleg Vassiliev of 300

Oleg, Otto Simonson and George Pohl will be featured in a book, Cheap and Tasteful Dwellings. This is Simonson's biographical entry to date. You can write me directly at jj20@cornell.edu
Jan Jennings


SIMONSON, OTTO G. (1862-1922)
personal: b 1 Apr 1862, Dresden, Germany; son of Alfred Simonson & Ludovica Castelli Simonson; immigrated to U.S. when he was 21; marr 1st Carrie E. Waite (1885) who died 1898; marr 2nd Josephine Holmes (1900); lived several years in Hartford CT; Captain, Co. F., First D.C. Volunteers, Spanish-American War; Major, District of Columbia Militia; d 24 June 1922, Baltimore
education & training: public & private schools, Germany; Polytechnic Institute of Germany
profession: Pohl & Simonson, Washington D.C. (1886); Washington D.C., Supt. of Public Buildings, U.S. Treasury Dept. (20 years); to Baltimore MD (1902) to oversee work for the U.S. Custom House; resigned from the U.S. Treasury & opened an independent office following a massive fire in Baltimore (1904); partnered with Theodore Wells Pietsch, Baltimore (1904-1908); Otto G. Simonson (1909-1922)
organizations: American Assoc. of Engineers; Engineer's Club of Baltimore; American Academy of Sciences; Old Colony Club; Automobile Club of MD; Merchants' & Manufacturers' Club, Baltimore
built work: Simonson & Pietsch—Baltimore American Building (1904); Eastern Female High School (1904); Lanahan Building (1905); I. Hamburger & Sons dept. store (1905); Retail Market & MD Institute Night School (1905); Henry Sonneborn & Co. Building (1905); Gomprecht & Benesch Furniture (c1906); Entrance Arch, Music Pavilion, Portico, Exedrae & Lake, Riverview Park (c1906); Mount Royal Garage, Motor Car Co. (c1906); United Railways & Electric Co. Northern Substation (c1906); Consolidated Gas, Electric Light & Power Co. (c1906); Fish Market, Center Market Space (c1906); Gunther Building (c1906); U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Building (1906); N. Snellenburg Co. Store Building (1907); Fire House (1907); Horn & Horn Restaurant Building (1908); all Baltimore;
built work: Otto G. Simonson—Theatorium (1909); MD Casualty Tower (1912); Normandie Apts. (1913); Sonneborn Building, Southern Hotel (1916); Baltimore Dry Docks & Shipbuilding Co.; Labrobe Park School; Crown Cork & Seal Co. Factory New Empire Theatre with W. H. McElfatrick (1911); Edmondson Theatre (1914); Palace Theatre (1917); MD Casualty Home Office Buildings (1920-21), George Gunther Jr. House, Frank Novak House; Metropolitan Theatre (1922); all Baltimore
published work: " First Prize Design, C&B (Jun 1886): 106-9, pl. 21-24;
Eastern Female High School, AABN (12 Nov 1904): 56, pl. 1507; Lanahan Building, AABN (14 Oct 1905): 127, pl. 1555;
competitions: Pohl & Simonson—C&B: 1st (1886) Moderate Price Frame Dwelling (nom de plume: To the deserving brave); Simonson & Pietsch— Competitive Design for Maryland Institute Building, Mt. Royal MD (c1906); one of six firms invited in the competition for Baltimore Elk's Club House (1913)
sources: Otto G. Simonson, Architect," Baltimore Journal of Commerce LXIII, no. 29 (22 Sep 1917), p. 4; Felix Agnus, The Book of Maryland "Men & Institutions" (Baltimore: MD Biographical Assoc., 1920), p. 137; "Otto G. Simonson Dies at Home in Guilford," Evening Sun (24 June 1944); W&W, p. 555; AIA Archives; James Thomas Wollon, Jr., AIA, Havre de Grace, MD; Robert K. Headley's list of Baltimore cinemas; Antoinette J. Lee, Architects to the Nation: The Rise and Decline of the Supervising Architect's Office (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), 2l2.

SKEEL, F.E. (1865-1937) [FAIA]
personal: b Jun 1865, Bristol Eng; to U.S. (1878); address in C&B competition of 1894 as East End OH; marr Alice; d 4 Aug 1937, Brecksville OH
education & training: while attending school, drafted for several architects
profession: Cleveland OH architect; A.E. Skeel Architects, Inc. (c1884- ); active in restoration of early American OH landmarks; retired (1932)
organizations: AIA (1901-1912); secretary, Cleveland chapter, AIA (1903); treasurer (1897), vice-president (1910), Cleveland Architectural Club; FAIA (1913); Mason
built work: E.H. Braukman House, Cleveland; restored—Brecksville Congregational Church, built 1839;
published work: Competition Floor Plans, C&B (Jan 1894): 6-9; Floor Plan Competition, C&B (Feb 1894): 3; Library for Small City, Cottage on Hill-top, Semi-Detached Dwelling, Lorain YMCA, Catalogue of the Second Annual Exhibition of the Cleveland Architectural Club (Nov 1897): 297-303; [E.H. Braukman House, Cleveland] The Ohio Architect & Builder (Mar 1904): 7; [Mrs. E.S. Merrifield House, Cleveland], The Ohio Architect, Engineer & Builder (Jan 1911): 34-35; [Albert E. Skeel summer home, Brecksville OH], Country Life (15 Jul 1912): 28
competition: C&B 2nd (1893) Floor Plans 8 Room House
sources: The Ohio Architect & Builder (Oct 1903): 10, 13; Cleveland city directories; 1910 Cuyal=== Co. OH; "Albert E. Skeel, Architect, Dies," Cleveland Plain Dealer (5 Aug 1937); Architectural Forum (March 1936): 177; W&W, p. 556; AIA Archives


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