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Male, Germany/US, born 1847-03, died 1907-11-07

Associated with the firms network

Burton and Krumbein, Architects; Gilbert and Krumbein, Architects; Krumbein, Justus, Architect; Williams and Krumbein, Architects

Professional History


While attending the Polytechnic School in Hanover, Germany, Krumbein also worked as a carpenter.

Krumbein worked for two years in an architectural office in Hamburg, Germany, 1867-1869.

Partner, [Elwood M.] Burton and Krumbein, Architects, Portland, OR, c. 1872.

Partner, Krumbein and [W.G.] Gilbert, Architects, Portland, OR, 1872-1874. In 1873, Krumbein and Gilbert had their office in a building at the corner of Stark and Front Streets. (See Samuel´s Directory of Portland and East Portland, 1873, p. 343.)

Partner, [Warren Heywood] Williams and Krumbein, Architects, Portland, OR, 1874-1878.

Principal, Justus Krumbein, Architect, Portland, OR. In 1885, Krumbein maintained his office in Room #12 of the Dekum Building. At the time, four other architects had their offices in the same office block. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1885, p. 521.)



Graduate, Polytechnic School, Hanover, Germany, 1867.



Born near Hamburg, Germany, Justus Krumbein attended university in Hanover, Germany, before returning to work for two years in Hamburg. He emigrated to the US, landing in San Francisco, CA, on 07/09/1869, where he stayed for over two years. He came to Portland to be with relatives who would help him make a new start by late 1871.

In 1900, the US Census listed six people living in the Krumbein Household, including Justus, his wife and two sons, a lodger, Samuel Bellow (born 02/1870 in ME) and a servant, Belle Anderson (born c. 10/1875 in KS). Bellow worked as a draftsman, and may have worked in Krumbein's office.


He married Christine M. Gantenbein (born 02/03/1855 in Baltimore, MD-d. 03/28/1935 in Portland, OR) on 10/04/1883 in Portland, OR. Her parents were John Flint Gantenbein and Mary Jane Gantenbein. She was known as "Chrissie." (Her obitiuary appeared in The Oregonian, The Oregonian, 03/29/1935, p. 12.)


With Christine, he had two sons, Alexander (born 03/1884 in OR) and Frederick W. (born 10/1885 in OR).

Associated Locations

  • Portland, OR (Architect's Death)
    Portland, OR

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