Student Building (right, listed on the National Register of Historical Places), University of Indiana Bloomington
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Arthur Bohn, AIA, (August 9, 1861—January 13, 1948) was a German-American architect active from the 1880s to 1940s in Indiana. He was a co-founder of the locally renowned Indianapolis architectural firm of Vonnegut and Bohn. The firm had distinct German influences.
Working in Indianapolis in the 1880s, Bohn entered into a partnership in 1888 with Bernard Vonnegut Sr., WAA (from 1886), and Fellow (from 1889) to form Vonnegut & Bohn. Vonnegut had been practicing with a client roster in Indianapolis since 1883 and had previous draftsman experience in the prominent New York firm of George B. Post. He also came from a wealthy and respected family that may have led to several commissions. However, Vonnegut was not the most sociable individual and was not active in the community, which is where several commissions often originate. In addition, Vonnegut and frequently traveled and lived abroad, so Bohn was likely to have played a significant role in attracting clients and executing much of the day to day work, despite being overshadowed by the Vonnegut name. 
The firm went on to create many landmarks in Indianapolis and greater Indiana, and a number have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places Bernard Vonnegut died young in 1908 and Arthur continued the firm under the same name. Bernard's son, Kurt Vonnegut Sr. returned from Germany in 1910 and became a partner in the firm, which remained named Vonnegut & Bohn, despite Bohn's seniority.
At some point, the firm took on an additional partner named Mueller, and the firm was renamed Vonnegut, Bohn & Mueller during the 1940s. Mueller was likely related to Vonnegut. Bohn retired in the 1940s. In 1946, a merger erased Bohn and Mueller's names from the successor firm of Vonnegut, Wright & Yeager
Bohn died in 1948 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
List of works
- The Athenæum (Das Deutsche Haus), 401 E. Michigan Street, German Renaissance Revival style building built in two phases—the east wing 1893–94, and the west wing, 1897–1898. Listed in 1973 on the National Register of Historic Places.(Design by Bernard Vonnegut Sr. and Arthur Bohn)
- William H. Block Company (Indianapolis) building (after 1910) (Design by Bernard Vonnegut Sr. and Arthur Bohn)
- The Fletcher Trust Building (Indianapolis, Indiana) (as supervising architect for the firm of Holabird & Roche)
- "Vonnegut and Bohn Architectural Renderings, 1896, 1911, Collection Guide", "Biographical Sketch". Indiana Historical Society. 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- archINFORM Bernard Vonnegut Accessed February 27, 2010
- Society of Architectural Historians, AMERICAN ARCHITECTS' BIOGRAPHIES: Surnames beginning with letter V
- Carl Runyon, Bernard Vonnegut, K’s father's father.
- "Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
- In 1888, Julia Schnull, the sister of Bernard Vonnegut's mother, married J. George Mueller, the secretary-treasurer of the Mooney-Mueller Drug Company in Indianapolis. A Mueller (and probably descendant) joined Vonnegut & Bohn
- Culver Library:Vonneguts
- "Questionnaire for Architects' Roster and/or Register of Architects Qualified for Federal Public Works  June 13, 1946.