Otto Kleemann

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Otto Karl Kleemann (March 13, 1855 – February 28, 1936),[1] frequently alternatively spelled Otto Kleeman, was an American architect in Portland, Oregon. His work included the design for Portland's Hotel Arminius and St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and Rectory.[2][3]

Kleemann was born in Ostrowo, Province of Posen, Prussia, on March 13, 1855.[1] He attended a technical school at Holzminden and college in Ostrowo, completing his schooling at sixteen. He moved to the U.S. in September 1871, making his way to San Francisco by way of the Isthmus of Panama. He was "unacquainted with the language and customs of the American people and at first it was difficult to get steady work, but later was employed by several architects and spent nine years in California." [4]

He moved to Portland in September 1880 and became a draftsman at Clark & Upton for several months before joining Justus F. Krumbein, where he worked for another several months. He worked with the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company for thirteen months on "their shops at Albina, and later he embarked in business on his own account" in 1882. He designed the original monastery in Mt. Angel, Oregon, built many convents, and "has done much important work for the different Catholic organizations", although not Catholic himself.[4]

For a period of 17 years,[1] Otto Kleemann was grand adjutant of the Indian War Veterans of the North Pacific Coast, a regent of Multnomah Council No. 1481 Royal Arcanum.[4] He was also president of the Consolidation of German Speaking Societies of Oregon, a life member of the German Aid Society, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.[4]

He married Anna Gehlich in Oakland, California, on April 19, 1877, and the couple had three children: Hugo, William, and Clara.[1] Anna Kleemann died in 1915.[1] Otto Kleemann remarried in June 1916, to Nellie A. Taylor, in The Dalles, Oregon.[5]

After moving to Portland in late 1880, Kleemann continued to reside there until his death, in 1936.[1] He was buried at River View Cemetery.[1]


Kleemann was a consulting architect on The Oregonian Building.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Otto Kleemann, Architect, Dies". (March 1, 1936). The Sunday Oregonian, Section 1, p. 13.
  2. ^ Gonzalez, Cristine (March 6, 2001). "Soul survivor Jumphed: St. Patrick’s: Choir infuses church with new energy". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2014-12-10. Architect Otto Kleeman created a design that incorporated a Western rusticity with the classical sensibility of the Italian Renaissance. He even used rough stones cut from a Clackamas quarry, the reverse of a typical Renaissance church, which uses smooth blocks. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Historic Landmarks - Portland, Oregon October 2009 Portland Historic Landmarks
  4. ^ a b c d Joseph Gaston Portland Oregon: Its History And Builders In Connection With The Antecedent Explorations, Discoveries And Movements Of The Pioneers That Selected The Site For The Great City Of The Pacific Volume III (Chicago — Portland) The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1911
  5. ^ "Man, 60, Marries Girl 20; Otto Kleeman, of Portland, Claims Bride at The Dalles". (June 20, 1916). The Morning Oregonian, p. 1, col. 2. Note: Text of same article uses the spellings "Kleemann" and "Kleeman".
  6. ^ a b Snyder, Eugene E. (1991). Portland Potpourri. Portland, Oregon: Binford & Mort. pp. 73–79. ISBN 0-8323-0493-X.