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Esenwein and Johnson

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Former type  Private company
Defunct  c.‚ÄČ1930
Founder  James A. Johnson
Industry  Architecture
Headquarters  Buffalo
Founded  1898
Esenwein & Johnson

Esenwein & Johnnson was an architectural firm of Buffalo, New York.


Firm history

It was a partnership of German-born August Esenwein (1856-1926) and James A. Johnson (1865-1939). The partnership was started in 1898; the firm designed "many of Buffalo's outstanding buildings including the Lafayette High School, the Public Library, and the General Electric Building".

A number of their works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, the Buffalo History Museum, then called the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, held an exhibition of their work entitled, "Art Nouveau and Other Expressions: Rediscovering the Architecture of Esenwein & Johnson."


Works include (with attribution):

  • Ansonia Building (1906), 712-726 Main Street (at W. Tupper), Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson)
  • Automobile Club of Buffalo, 1910-1911, Clarence, New York (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • Bancroft Hotel, built 1912, 50 Franklin St. Worcester, Massachusetts (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • Buffalo Museum of Science, built in 1929, (Esenwein & Johnson)
  • The Calumet (1906), 46-58 West Chippewa St., Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, originally Fraternal Order of Orioles Headquarters (1914), 562 Genesee St., Buffalo New York (Esenwein & Johnson)
  • Hotel Durant, 607 E. 2nd Ave. Flint, Michigan (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • Hotel Utica in Utica, New York
  • Fosdick-Masten Park High School,aka Masten Park High School (1914), Masten Ave. and E. North St., Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • General Electric Tower, aka Niagara-Mohawk Building and Electric Tower, 535 Washington St., Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • Louis Kurtzman House (1907-1909), 24 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson)
  • Lafayette High School, 370 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • Hotel Lafayette (1902), 391 Washington St., Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • The Niagara, 201 Rainbow Blvd. Niagara Falls, New York (Esenwein and Johnson of Buffalo, NY), NRHP-listed
  • Portage Hotel, 10 N. Main St. Akron, Ohio (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • Robert Keating Root Building (1912), 70-86 West Chippewa Street, Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson)
  • Sinclair, Rooney & Co. Building (1909-1911), 465 Washington St., Buffalo, New York, NRHP listed
  • John Sinclair House (1909-1911), 94 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson), part of the NRHP-listed Parkside East Historic District
  • Hotel Statler (original, c. 1908), Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson)
  • Taylor Signal Company-General Railway Signal Company (1902-1906), Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson)
  • Temple of Music (1901), Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson)
  • United Office Building (1929), 222 1st Street, Niagara Falls, New York (James A. Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • M. Wile and Company Factory Building, 77 Goodell St., Buffalo, New York (Esenwein & Johnson), NRHP-listed
  • A more complete list of works is found on the Buffalo Architecture and History web site.


    Esenwein & Johnson Wikipedia

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