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Male, US, born 1859-06-10, died 1943-09-09

Associated with the firms network

Link, Rosenheim, and Ittner, Architects; Rosenheim, Alfred Faist, FAIA, Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Rosenheim spent the early 1880s as a draftsman with leading firms of the city [Boston]. (Henry and Elsie Rathburn Withey, Biography of American Architects Deceased, p. 527);

Architect, Major Francis D. Lee, Saint Louis, MO, Architect, 1884-1885. He finished the senior partner's commissions after Lee's death in 09/1885. He took over the practice himself in 01/1886. (See "Rosenheim, Alfred Faist," in Who's Who on the Pacific Coast: A Biographical Compilation of Notable Living Contemporaries West of the Rocky Mountains, Franklin Harper, ed., [Los Angeles: Harper Publshing Company, 1913], p. 489.) He worked with a number of other Saint Louis architects between c. 1883-1903.

Partner, [Theodore] Link, Rosenheim and [William B.] Ittner, Architects, Saint Louis, MO; Link, Rosenheim, and Ittner lasted approximately three years, during which time the firm completed designs for the large Lindell Avenue Church in Saint Louis. (Withey p. 373-374)

Principal, Alfred Faist Rosenheim, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1903- . The architect had an office in Room #716 of the Grant Building in Los Angeles. (See (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1903, p. 1705.) In 1905, he occupied Room #615 in the H.W. Hellman Building, 356 South Spring Street, that he designed. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1905, p. 1242.)

Rosenheim retired from active practice in 1913, turning instead to work as an architectural consultant. In 1913, he had an office in Room #615 of the H.W. Hellman Building in Los Angeles. (See "Rosenheim, Alfred Faist," in Who's Who on the Pacific Coast: A Biographical Compilation of Notable Living Contemporaries West of the Rocky Mountains, Franklin Harper, ed., [Los Angeles: Harper Publshing Company, 1913], p. 489.)

Professional Activities

Rosenheim belonged to the Western Association of Architects, a professional group pre-dating the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and was a leading member of the AIA in 1885.

Member, American Institute of Architects, Saint Louis, MO, and Los Angeles, CA.

President, AIA, of the Southern California Chapter, Los Angeles, CA. He held this post for three terms. (See "Rosenheim, Alfred Faist," in Who's Who on the Pacific Coast: A Biographical Compilation of Notable Living Contemporaries West of the Rocky Mountains, Franklin Harper, ed., [Los Angeles: Harper Publshing Company, 1913], p. 489.)

Member, AIA, Board of Directors, Washington, DC, 1911-1914. The San Francisco architect John Galen Howard (1864-1931) was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects, 1910-1913, overlapping by two years with Rosenheim, who served from 1911-1914.

Member, Architectural League of the Pacific. This group of architects in CA, OR, and WA, met in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle between 1909 until 1913.

President, Architectural League of the Pacific, 1911-1912. He organized the Second Annual Convention of the League in 04/1912, although the meeting was originally scheduled for 03/1912.

Member, Engineers and Architects Association of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Member, Fine Arts League of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

Member, Los Angeles Architectural Club, Los Angeles, CA.

Member, Museum of History, Science and Art at Exposition Park, Board of Governors, Los Angeles, CA.

Member, American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).

Member, Municipal Art Commission of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

Professional Awards

Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, (FAIA), 1889.

Education

High School and College

Rosenheim attended Saint Louis, MO, public schools before 1872.

Coursework, Hassel's Institute, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, 1872-1874.

Rosenheim had about five years of coursework in architecture at Washington University, Saint Louis, MO, 1874-1879.

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1879-1881. In 1881, Rosenheim boarded at 381 Columbus Avenue; at MIT, he pursued a special course of study with William Rotch Ware, where he was awarded a B.S. degree in Architecture in 1881.

Personal

Relocation

Alfred Faist Rosenheim was born in Saint Louis, MO, to German-Jewish immigrant parents. Rosenheim spent his first 15 years living and going to school in Saint Louis, before he was sent to study at Hassel's Institute in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. He could have received a classical education in Latin, German and modern Italian here. At the very least this experience would have broadened Alfred's worldview and sharply improved his language skills. Germany also was becoming a predominant power in Europe in higher education, particularly in the sciences, and was rapidly developing an advanced industrial base.

Following his training in Frankfurt-am-Main, he returned to Saint Louis, where he matriculated at Washington University. He spent five years here, between 1875 and 1879.

Rosenheim attended college at MIT in Cambridge, MA, between 1879 and 1881.

in Saint Louis, he lived at 362 North Taylor Avenue and worked at 417 Olive Road in 1890.

Rosenheim relocated to Los Angeles, CA, during 02/1903, when he designed the Herman W. Hellman Building in the downtown business district. Rosenheim dwelled at 2301 Scarff Street in Los Angeles in 1905, a residence that had been erected in 1898. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1905, p. 1242.)

In 1913, he and his wife resided at 1120 Westchester Place in Los Angeles. (See "Rosenheim, Alfred Faist," in Who's Who on the Pacific Coast: A Biographical Compilation of Notable Living Contemporaries West of the Rocky Mountains, Franklin Harper, ed., [Los Angeles: Harper Publshing Company, 1913], p. 489.)

Parents

His father Morris Rosenheim (born 08/31/1827-d. 08/31/1906 in Affton, MO) was from Jebenhausen in Württemberg, Southern Germany.

His mother Mathilde Ottenheimer (born 02/11/1831 in Jebenhausen, Germany-d. 09/21/1921 in Saint Louis, MO) also came from the sane city in Württemberg, Germany.

She and Morris had six children: Rose Rosenheim Hellman, Tillie Rosenheim Kahn, Thekla Rosenheim Bloom, Alfred Faist Rosenheim, Otto Rosenheim and Samuel F. Rosenheim.

Spouse

While at MIT, Rosenheim met Francis Graham Wheelock (b. in Massachusetts, circa 1860). They married in 1884 in Boston, MA.

during their later years, the 1930 United States Census reported that the Rosenheims had a lodger in their house, Ruth Salmona; child:

Biographical Notes

The The Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer noted in its issue of 03/15/1913, that, "Archt. A.F. Rosenheim is in San Francisco for a few days, on business." (See "Personal Notes," Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, vol. X, no. 19, 03/15/1913, p.10.)

SSN: 545-34-9793.



Associated Locations

  • Saint Louis, MO (Architect's Birth)
    Saint Louis, MO

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    Los Angeles, CA

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    Rosenmeim lived at 5408 Victoria Drive, Los Angeles, CA for the last years of his life, according to Withey, (p. 528).

PCAD id: 484


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