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Male, US, born 1868-06-22

Associated with the firms network

Breitung and Buchinger, Architects; Breitung and Jewett, Architects; Breitung, C. Alfred, Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, Kansas City, MO, c. 1900; Principal, C. Alfred Breitung, Architect, Seattle, WA, c. 1900-1905; in 1902, he occupied Room #12 in the Colman Building in Seattle. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1902, p. 272.)

Partner, Breitung and [Theobald] Buchinger, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1905-1907; in 1905, Breitung and Buchinger occupied two rooms of the Walker Block, #423-424. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1905, p.273.)

Principal, Conrad A. Breitung, Architect, Seattle, WA, c. 1917; he made his office in Room #424 of the Walker Building in 1915, (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1915, p. 424)and in 1916-1917 he had switched to Room #429 of the same building. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1916, p. 429.)

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington Chapter, 1910-1911;

Trustee, Washington State Society of Architects, Board of Trustees, 04/1917. He served with A. Warren Gould (President), William J. Jones (Secretary), Harry H. James (Trustee), William J. Jones (Trustee), J.L. McCauley (Trustee), and G.F. Rowe (Trustee.)



Breitung, born in Commerberg near Munich, Germany, immigrated to the U.S. in 1888. He traveled from Bremen to New York, NY, aboard the vessel "Allen," between 05/25/1888-06/05/1888. He lived on the East Coast briefly and then moved to Kansas City, MO. (The US Census of 1900 indicated that Breitung entered the country in 1890 and had been naturalized. This was erroneous, as a Petition for Naturalization exists for 09/19/1913); he and his wife, Jennie, lived at 1625 Olive Street in Kansas City as late as 04/1900. He came to Seattle, WA, probably by 07/04/1900, working alone at first, and then in partnership with Theobald Buchinger, 1905-1907. He resided at 919 Yakima Avenue in Seattle in 1902 through at least 1905. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1902, p. 272 andR.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1905, p. 273.)In 1907, he resided at 1103 31st Avenue South in Seattle. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1907, p. 253.)

Breitung and his family lived at 531 23rd Avenue South c. 1910-1913. The 09/19/1913 Petition for Naturalization indicated the following: he made his intention to become a citizen 12/02/1905 in Seattle; Breitung came to Seattle on 07/04/1900; he had a building contractor--S. Normile--and a real estate broker--J. E. Langlois--as his witnesses at the Petition for Naturalization. Breitung, during 1915-1919, resided at 531 23rd Avenue South in Seattle. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1915, p. 434, and Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1919, p. 455.)

In 1920, he lived with this wife and two children at 208 13th Avenue, Apartment C. (This building had four apartments at the time.) At age 51, he lived in this apartment with his wife and two children, Otto and Josephine. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T625_1929; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 269; Image: 782, accessed 01/24/2017.) The Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1920, indicated that he lived at 208 30th Avenue, Apartment C. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1920, p. 261.)

Conrad Breitung did not appear in the Seattle City Directory, 1921, although his wife did. She resided in Apartment A at 208 30th Avenue. (SeeSeattle, Washington, City Directory, 1921, p. 374.) She also appeared at the same address in the following year. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1922, p. 395.) She did not appear in the Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1924, although William O. Breitung, their son, did. He had married by this point. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1924, p. 367.)

Ochsner et al., hypothesized that Breitung "intended" to move to San Antonio, TX, c. 1922. See Shaping Seattle Architecture, Jeffrey Ochsner, ed., (Seattle: University of WA Press, 1994), p. 295. The architect's name did not appear in the city directory of San Antonio during the early 1920s.

C. Alfred Breitung disappeared from Seattle by late 1920 or early 1921. His wife left the state by 1922 or 1923. The next city directory listing for her was in 1933 in Southern CA, and she is listed as the "widow of C.A." Breitung.

A 1933 Los Angeles City Directory listing indicated that Jennie was a widow who lived at 2281 Parnell Avenue in West Los Angeles. (See Los Angeles Directory Company's Bay Cities Directory, 1933, p. 90.)

He appears to have died between 1920-1926. As most of his family lived from at least 1926-on in Southern California, it is possible that he moved there from Seattle, or died elsewhere. One possible clue as to Breitung's end was a CA State death listing for an "Alfred Brietung" who died on 09/12/1925 in either Santa Clara or Santa Clara County, CA. This man died at age 56, making him very close to the same age as the architect.


In 1920, Breitung was married to Jennie Mary Cook c. 1897, (born c. 1882 in SC); her parents both had come from SC. The US Census of 1900 indicated her birth to have been in 01/1880. In 1926, Mrs Jennie M. Breitung's name appeared in the Indexes of Registered Voters in Los Angeles, CA. Her occupation was given as "Saleswoman," she voted Democratic, and her residence was 715 South Gage Street, Laguna Precinct #6, Los Angeles. From c. 1933-1936, Jennie Breitung was a housewife and her address was 2281 Parnell Avenue, West Los Angeles, as was that of her son, William O. Breitung, a salesman, and Robert M. Braggins, Jr., an electrical engineer. Between 1946-1952, at least, a Jennie M. Braggins lived in Beverly Hills, CA, at 229 South Camden Drive.


Breitung had four children: Mary Elizabeth Bystrom (born Kansas City, MO, 07/06/1899-died San Diego, CA, 06/06/1984), Helen Lucilia (born 04/18/1903 in Seattle, WA), Otto Alphonso (born 03/04/1905 in Seattle, WA) and Jennie Josephine Breitung Rickert (born Seattle, WA, 06/01/1908-died Los Angeles, CA, 06/25/1997).

Otto was known as William O. Breitung, and his birthday was recorded in the CA Death Index as 03/08/1905 rather than 03/04/1905. (The King County Birth Register indicated the birthday to have been 03/08/1905.) He died in Los Angeles, 05/17/1974, his last residence near Beverly Hills, CA. In 1938, he lived in West Los Angeles and worked as a salesman at Oviatt's in Downtown Los Angeles, the famous men's clothing store. (See Los Angeles A-L, California, City Directory, 1938, p. 303.)

In 1917, Mary, who worked as a telephone operator, lived with her parents at 531 23rd Avenue South in Seattle.

Biographical Notes

The US Census of 1900 indicated that Breitung lived in Kansas City, MO, and was born in 06/1870. Both US Censuses of 1900 and 1920 called the architect "Conrad Alfred Breitung." An "Index to Declarations of Intentions and Petitions for Naturalization" dated 05/17/1913 included the name of Conrad Alfred Breitung. He went by the names "C. Alfred Breitung," "C.A. Breitung" and less frequently "Conrad Breitung." This document, in his own hand, indicated that his name was "Conradin."

Associated Locations

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