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Male, US, born 1877-12-05, died 1951-08-25

Associated with the firms network

Schultze and Weaver, Architects; Schultze, Leonard, and Associates, Architects; Warren and Wetmore, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Sergeant, 1st Battalion, 2nd Regiment, U.S. Army Volunteer Engineers, Spanish-American War, c. 1898. Schultze entered architecture in 1900.

Draftsman/Designer, Warren and Wetmore, Architects, New York, NY, c. 1901-1921. For Warren and Wetmore, Schultze served as Chief of Design/Executive in Charge of Design and Construction, Grand Central Railroad Terminal, New York Central Railroad, New York, NY, 1903-1913. Warren and Wetmore worked on the Grand Central commission with the Minneapolis and New York architectural firm of Reed and Stem; according to New York Times columnist Christopher Gray, Warren and Wetmore connived to take over the commission following the death of Charles A Reed in 1911: "The day after the funeral, Wetmore secretly approached the railroad and got it to void the initial contract, naming Warren & Wetmore sole architects for all future related work." (See Christopher Gray, New York Times.com, "A Rendezvous With 1,000 Rooms," published 03/21/2013, accessed 05/25/2018.) Reed's partner sued Warren and Wetmore and won a $500,000 judgement in the US Court of Appeals in 1920. (See "Architect Wins His $500,000 Appeal," New York Times, 02/10/1920, p. 7.)

According to Stanley Turkel in his book, Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry, Leonard Schultze worked as a "lead designer" for Warren and Wetmore. (See Stanley Turkel, Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry, [Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2009], p. 2.) Schultze spent 20 years working for Warren and Wetmore, a firm well-known for its large-scale hotel designs. Warren and Wetmore worked closely with hotel builder Gustav Baumann (d.1914) and his successor John McEntee Bowman (1875-1931) on the Biltmore Hotel, New York (1913) and the Commodore Hotel (1919), both executed while Schultze was still in the office. Bowman, who took the corporate reins of the Beau-Site Company from Baumann after his odd death in 10/1914, would later hire Schultze's new firm to design his new hotel in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Biltmore (1923).

Partner, Schultze and Weaver, Architects, New York, NY, 1921-1939.

Partner, Leonard Schultze and Associates, Architects, New York, NY, 1940-1951.

Professional Activities

Member, Architectural League of New York, New York, NY.

Member, Beaux Arts Institute of Design (BAID), New York, NY.

Consultant, Board of War Engineering, North Atlantic Division, World War II.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Education

College

Coursework, College of the City of New York, c. 1895. (This school founded in 1847 as the "Free Academy of the City of New York," became known as the "College of the City of New York" from 1866 until 1929. It became known as the "City College of the City University of New York" in 1929.)

He also studied at the Atelier Masqueray, Architect, New York, NY. The New York Times stated that Schultze studied at "the architectural school of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ... under the supervision of E.L. Masqueray." (See "L. Schultze Dead; Architect Was 73," New York Times, 08/26/1951, p. 76) Both Masqueray and Schultze would work for the New York firm of Warren and Wetmore, the former from 1897-1901, and the latter from c. 1901-1921.

Personal

Parents

His father was Edward Frederick Schultze, who came to the U.S. from Germany in 1849; he lived until 1915.

Spouse

Schultze married Agnes Frances Briggs in 1903. Agnes was born c. 1880 and died on 11/28/1954 in her residence at the Chateau Normandy Apartments in Scarsdale, NY.

Children

He and Agnes Briggs Schultze had two daughters: Mrs. Kathryn S. Lambert and Mrs. John H.S. Candes. The daughters had four grandchildren.

Biographical Notes

Schultze made trips to Europe in 06/1910-09/1910 and 06/1913-09/1913; he traveled to Cuba in 1919 from Key West, FL; Leonard Schultze visited Los Angeles, 04/1921 in preparation for the Biltmore Hotel commission; He died at White Plains Hospital, Scarsdale, NY, "after an illness of a few weeks." (See "L. Schultze Dead; Architect Was 73," New York Times, 08/26/1951, p. 76); Member, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Member, Society of Mayflower Descendants; Member, Phi Gamma Delta; Member, the American Yacht Club, Rye, NY; Member, Scarsdale Golf and Country Club, Scarsdale, NY;



Associated Locations

  • Chicago, IL (Architect's Birth)
    Chicago, IL

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  • Scarsdale, NY (Architect's Death)
    Scarsdale, NY

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