C. Paul Jennewein
He was apprenticed with the firm of Buhler and Lauter in New York where he received his early training. He took evening classes at the Art Students League of New York. Much of his early work was as a muralist, including in 1912 four murals for the Woolworth Building; the first building to be called "the Cathedral of Commerce."
In 1915 Jennewein became a naturalized U.S. citizen when he was twenty-five years old. Soon afterward he entered the United States Army. In 1916 his tour was cut short when he was awarded an honorable discharge after receiving the Rome Prize, a highly sought-after art award. This allowed him to study at the American Academy in Rome for the next three years; in Rome Jennewein turned his attention to sculpture. By 1928, Jennewein had set up his studio in the Van Nest section of the Bronx where he remained until 1978, the year of his death.
- 1923 Lincoln Life Insurance Building, Fort Wayne, Indiana
- 1931 Education Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- 1932 British Empire Building at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan
- 1933 Pediment, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 1934 Justice Department Building, Washington, D.C., (50+ separate sculptural elements)
- 1936 Kansas City City Hall Kansas City, Missouri
- 1938 Finance Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- 1939 Two stone pylons, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York
- 1941 Dauphin County Courthouse, (exterior and interior), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- 1950 Fulton County Building Annex, Atlanta, Georgia
- 1940 West Virginia State Office Building, Charleston, West Virginia
- 1954 Two panels inside the White House, Washington, D.C.
- 1959 New York state seal on the front of the Court of Appeals building, Albany, New York
- 1964 Two monumental figures for the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The work that he is probably best known for today, and which garnered him much praise when it was unveiled in 1933, was the polychrome figures in the pediment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jennewein was one of 250 sculptors who exhibited in the 3rd Sculpture International held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the summer of 1949.
In the course of their careers, Carl Paul Jennewein and his partner Warren Straton produced at least five monumental eagles: one at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, another on the Arlington Memorial Bridge, connecting Arlington with Washington, D.C., the third on the Federal Office Building in New York, the fourth, a Spanish-American War Memorial in Rochester, New York.
Jennewein's sculpture, which never strayed too far from the classical ideals that he had come to so admire while in Rome, became increasingly modernized and his style comfortably fits into the Greco Deco category.
He also executed a number of medals during his career. In 1933, Jennewein sculpted Glory and Fame, the seventh issue in the long running Society of Medalists series. He also designed the inaugural medal for President Harry S. Truman in 1949.
In 2002, two of Jennewein's semi-nude figures in the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C. were hidden behind a curtain. This has been linked to the exposed breast on the female figure, Spirit of Justice (the male counterpart is Majesty of Law). In 2005 the curtain was removed.
Considering Jennewein's studio was located in the Van Nest section of the Bronx, an honorary street sign was designated on June 2, 2011 to reflect his 50 years of contributions to the world of art and sculpture. Those in attendance at the renaming ceremony were Jennewein's son James and his wife. Additionally, representatives from the National Sculpture Society and Brookgreen Gardens also were present for the unveiling ceremony.
In 1929 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1933.
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