Emil Praeger

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Emil Praeger (1882 – October 16, 1973) was an American architect and civil engineer.

Praeger graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1915[1] and served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, after which he spent time at the architectural office of Bertram Goodhue and the New York City engineering firm Madigan-Hyland.[2]

In 1934, as chief engineer for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, Praeger surveyed all New York City parks. Under director Robert Moses, Praeger created architectural drawings, descriptions, and photographs for every park that the city owned.[3] He also acted as head of the civil engineering department at RPI from 1939-1946.

During World War II, Praeger served in the US Navy, and he eventually reached the rank of captain. He developed the original design of the concrete floating breakwater - known as "Phoenix" - for the Invasion of Normandy.[1] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on December 17, 1944.[4]

Praeger served as consulting engineer on the White House renovations in 1949.[5]

Selected work[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Emil H. Praeger". RPI Alumni Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Wolf, Donald E. (2010). Crossing the Hudson: Historic Bridges and Tunnels of the River. Rutgers University Press. p. 180. ISBN 9780813547084. 
  3. ^ "Green Spaces and Moody Places". The Brooklyn Historical Society Blog RSS [Brooklyn Historical Society Blog. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Distinguished Service Cross Awards"
  5. ^ "Walter O Mally History". Retrieved 7 August 2011.