John A. Hasecoster

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John Adam Hasecoster (1844–1925) was an American architect in Indiana during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His practice was located in Richmond, Indiana. He designed public buildings as well as residences in the area. Some have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Early life and education[edit]

Hasecoster was born in Osnabrück, Germany, where his father was a master builder. After studying drafting at Nienburg, Hasecoster emigrated to the United States in 1867. He joined two older brothers George and Frederick in Richmond, Indiana, where a number of Germans from the Osnabrück area had settled in the middle 19th Century.

He completed his architecture study in St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago and returned to Richmond in 1875 after a five-year apprenticeship.


Hasecoster designed buildings in many European and American styles, including Second Empire, Romanesque, Gothic revival, and Craftsman.

Among his most notable buildings are:

Henry and Alice Gennett Home
Abram and Agnes Gaar House


  • Tomlan, Mary Raddant and Michael A. Richmond, Indiana: Its Physical and Aesthetic Heritage to 1920, Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 2003
  • Royer, Donald M. The German-American Contribution to Richmond's Development, Vol. II, Richmond, Indiana: The Richmond German Heritage Society, 1993

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