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Falkenhan and Gill, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Carpenter, Cincinnati, OH, c. 1872.

Carpenter, Denver, CO, c. 1880-1885.

Principal, "Joseph Falkenhan," Architect and Building Superintendent, San Diego, CA, 1887. In 07/1887, Falkenham had an office in Room #7 of the Hamilton Building in San Diego. An advertisement for his architectural services wrote his name as "Falkenhan." (See Coronado Evening Mercury, 07/08/1887, p. 3.)

Partner, Falkenhan and Gill, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1894-1895. In 1895, Falkenhan and Gill maintained their offices in Rooms #10 and 11 of the Choate-Peterson Building. (See San Diego, California, City Directory, 1895, p. 93.) Irving J. Gill split with Falkenhan and partnered with William Hebbard by 1896.

A "Joseph Falkenham" was listed as a cabinetmaker for Dellar Barbers Supply Company and as a building contractor in R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1910, (p. 568).

Personal

Relocation

Little is certain about the life of Joseph Falkenhan. His name seems to have been misspelled on many instances, in variations such as "Falkenham" or "Felkenham." He practiced as an architect in San Diego, CA, from c. 1887 until c. 1895.

Felkenhan may have been born in OH c. 1855 to a German father and American mother. In 1860, the US Census reported a four-year-old child living in Cincinnati, OH, by the name of "Joseph Felkenham." (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1860; Census Place: Cincinnati Ward 9, Hamilton, Ohio; Roll: M653_973; Page: 447; Family History Library Film: 803973, accessed 12/19/2017.) He may have worked as a carpenter in 1872 living in Cincinnati, OH; his work address at this time was 118 Baker Street. (See Cincinnati, Ohio, City Directory, 1872, p. 305.) A "Joseph Falkenham" was listed as a plasterer living in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1875. He lived at 61 Adams Street at this time. (See Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1875, p. 201.)

The US Census of 1880 indicated that "Joseph Falkenham" and his wife, Josie, lived in Denver, CO, where he worked as a carpenter. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Denver, Arapahoe, Colorado; Roll: 88; Family History Film: 1254088; Page: 292D; Enumeration District: 014, accessed 12/19/2017.) He continued to live in Denver in 1885, at which time he lived at 82 Jay Street. (See Denver, Colorado, City Directory, 1885, p. 258.)

In 1890, a "James Falkenham," an architect born in OH, lived in Coronado, CA, according to San Diego County voting records. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 39; FHL Roll Number: 977094, accessed 09/14/2018.)

"Joseph Falkenhan" was listed as living in San Diego working as an architect in 1893. He resided at 1440 9th Street at that time. (See San Diego, California, City Directory, 1892-1893, p. 85.)

He resided in San Diego, CA, in 1894-1895, where he worked in a partnership with the noted architect Irving J. Gill (1870-1936). Falkenhan resided in the Express Building in 1895. (See San Diego, California, City Directory, 1895, p. 93.) Falkenhan was not listed in the San Diego, California, City Directory, 1897.

In 1900, a "Joseph Falkenham" lived at 1712 Paru Street in Alameda, CA. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1900, p. 514.)

Parents

According to the US Census of 1860, Joseph "Felkenham" was the son of Adam Felkenham, a porter, who came from Hesse in Germany. He had a personal savings of $400 in 1860. His mother was Voroika, (born c. 1836 in OH). He had a sister, Sophia (born c. 1858 in OH). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1860; Census Place: Cincinnati Ward 9, Hamilton, Ohio; Roll: M653_973; Page: 447; Family History Library Film: 803973, accessed 12/19/2017.)

Spouse

He married Josie Falkenhan (born c. 1857 in KY).

Biographical Notes

In 1894, Joseph "Falkenhan" was listed in the Great Register of San Diego County as being 39 years of age, standing 6-feet, 1-inch tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes and light hair. He was listed as an architect, who lived in san Diego's 6th ward, 2nd precinct. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 40; FHL Roll Number: 977095, accessed 09/14/2018.)


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