Charles M. Autenrieth
Charles M. Autenrieth (1828–1906) was an American architect whose practice was centered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1852 to 1902, he was in partnership with Edward Collins, and thereafter with his son, Charles M. Autenrieth, Jr.
Autenrieth was born in Wurtenburg, Germany, and came to the United States in 1849. He found positions first with Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan, and then John McArthur, Jr. In 1852, entered into a partnership with fellow German immigrant Edward Collins (1821-1902).
The architectural firm of Collins & Autenrieth designed buildings for both private individuals and civic institutions. The Lea family served as clients for many commissions.
Collins & Autenrieth designed the first store for Lit Brothers at 735-39 Market Street (NE corner 8th & Market) in 1893. As the store grew, they expanded it into 731-33 Market (1895), 723-29 Market (1896), and, at the other end of the block, 701-07 Market (1907).
Much of Collins & Autenrieth's work centered upon Philadelphia's German immigrant community.
Architectural Work - Partial Listing
- Alterations to Philadelphia Contributionship, 210-16 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA - 1866-67.
- Central Presbyterian Church, 704-14 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA - 1877. Now Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church.
- Alterations to Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, PA - circa 1885
- Residence for Henry Charles Lea, 704 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA - 1890.
- Lit Brothers Department Store, 701-39 Market St., Philadelphia, PA - 1893-1907, (Collins & Autenrieth), NRHP-listed
- Wagner Free Institute of Science, 17th St. and Montgomery Ave. Philadelphia, PA (Collins & Autenrieth), NRHP-listed
- Design competition for Academy of Music - 1854 (not built).
- Design competition for Masonic Temple - 1867 (not built).
- Design competition for Machinery Hall, Centennial Exposition - 1876 (not built). Awarded First Prize of $4000.
- Design competition for Library Company of Philadelphia - 1879 (not built).
- Alterations to Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company Offices, 227 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA - 1871 (demolished).
- "Rylston" Residence for Charles M. Lea, Paper Mill Rd., Wyndmoor, PA - 1886 (demolished).
- Alterations to Library Company of Philadelphia, Juniper & Locust Sts., Philadelphia, PA - 1890 (demolished).
- Lea Institute of Hygiene (Smith Hall), University of Pennsylvania, S. 34th St., Philadelphia, PA - 1891 (demolished 1995).
- Alterations to Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. Building, 3rd & Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA (demolished).
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.