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Male, born 1857-08-01

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Comstock and Trötsche, Architects

Professional History


Partner, Comstock and Trötsche, Architects, San Diego, CA, and Seattle, WA.

Principal, Carl Trötsche, Architect, Milwaukee, WI, c. 1894-1900. In 1895, Trötsche worked at 322 Reed Street in Milwaukee. (See Milwaukee, Wisconsin, City Directory, 1895, p. 946 and 1067.) In 1911, Trötsche had his office at 311 Reed Street. (See Milwaukee, Wisconsin, City Directory, 1900, p. 1172.)

Draftsman, unknown firm, Cincinnati, OH, 1903-1906. (See Cincinnati, Ohio, City Directory, 1903, p. 1870 and Cincinnati, Ohio, City Directory, 1906, p. 1769.)



Trötsche was born in Güstrow, Mecklenburg, Germany on 08/01/1857, according German baptism documents. He was baptized one month later. (See, Source Information Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016, accessed 09/13/2018.) In 1867, he resided in Blievenstorf, a town in the German Grosherzogthum (Grand Duchy) of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, accordiing to a local census. (See, Source Information Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, Census, 1867 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006, accessed 09/13/2018.) The area became part of Prussia in 1815.

He arrived in the New York, NY, on 10/03/1881 and was naturalized on 10/10/1892, according to US naturalization documents. (See, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950 (M1285); Microfilm Serial: M1285; Microfilm Roll: 170, accessed 09/13/2018.)

In 1887-1888, Trötsche resided in Room #24 of the Plaza Palace at 946 3rd Avenue in San Diego, CA. (See Maxwell's Directory of San Diego City and County for 1887-1888, p. 327.)

The architect moved to Milwaukee, WI, by at least 1894. He lived at 162 Reed Street in that year, nearby to work address of 322 Reed. He continued to live and work at these locations in 1895. (See Milwaukee, Wisconsin, City Directory, 1894, p. 1016 andMilwaukee, Wisconsin, City Directory, 1895, p. 946.) He remained in Milwaukee from c. 1894 until 1900.

Trötsche resided in Cincinnati, OH, in 1904, on the southwest corner of 7th Street and Main Street. (See Cincinnati, Ohio, City Directory, 1904, p. 1946.) He remained in Cincinnati until approximately 1906. A "Carl Trotsche" was reported to have passed away in New Orleans, LA, on 06/14/1906, although it is not certain that this was the architect.(See, Source Citation: Orleans Death Indices 1894-1907; Volume: 138; Page: 425; Source Information: ew Orleans, Louisiana, Death Records Index, 1804-1949 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002, accessed 09/14/2018.)


His father was Johann Joachim Trötsche (born c. 1804 in Germany). His mother, Helene Caroline Sophie Lisette Louise Schleker (born 03/15/1827-d. 08/27/1864 inGüstrow, Mecklenburg, Germany), died at age 37.

His siblings included Maria Margaretha Carolina Adolphine Sophia Trötsche (born 09/09/1849 in Güstrow, Germany), Elisabeth Johanna Christiana Gottfriede Carolina Trötsche (born c. 02/1851 in Güstrow, Germany, baptized 03/30/1851), Anna Sophia Henriette Wilhelmine Alexandrine Trötsche (born 02/23/1854 in Güstrow, Germany), Emma Carolina Mathilde Friederike Trötsche (born 09/03/1855 in Güstrow, Germany), and Helene Pauline Charlotte Johanna Caroline Wilhelmine Trötsche (born 08/27/1864 in Güstrow, Germany).

Biographical Notes

Trötsche's name was sometime transliterated in English to "Troetsche," as the presence of the umlaut changed the pronounciation to approximate the latter spelling. His full name was "Carl Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Trötsche."

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 3971