|Born||November 10, 1838
Life and career
Fehmer attended public school in Boston, and showed an early aptitude for drawing and painting. At the age of 16 he began studying architecture in the office of George Snell, a prominent Boston architect. Fehmer remained in Snell's office for eight years before beginning his own architectural practice.
For 25 years he performed all of the architectural work for the Massachusetts General Hospital until he was forced to retire due to ill health. He designed a number of buildings for the McLean Asylum in Waverly and was appointed by Governor Oliver Ames as consulting architect when the extension to the Massachusetts State House was built.
During the Civil War, Fehmer served in the militia at Fort Independence as a member of the Fourth Battalion under Major Thomas Stevenson.
Fehmer was a charter member of the Boston Society of Architects and the Saint Botolph Club.
On April 20, 1872, he married Therese Wahl.
Fehmer died in Boston.
Works include (with attribution):
- Boylston Building, 2-22 Boylston St. Boston, MA (Fehmer,Carl), NRHP-listed
- William King Covell III House, 72 Washington St. Newport, RI (Fehmer & Emerson), NRHP-listed
- Beaconsfield Terraces Historic District, 11-25, 33-43, and 44-55 Garrison Rd. and 316-326, 332-344, and 350-366 Tappan St. Brookline, MA (Fehmer & Page), NRHP-listed
- St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Wilmington, North Carolina, built during 1871-1875, first church in Wilmington's episcopal diocese built for a black parish
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Catherine W. Bishir (2009). "North Carolina Architects & Builders: Emerson and Fehmer (fl. 1870s-1880s)".
- Eliot, Samuel Atkins, Biographical History of Massachusetts: Biographies and Autobiographies of the Leading Men in the State (Massachusetts Biographical Society, 1916).
- Carl Fehmer Photos, history, and architecture of Fehmer's extant Boston buildings