Henry F. Brauns

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Henry F. Brauns
Born October 4, 1845
Died May 7, 1917
Betterton, Maryland
Nationality United States
Occupation Architect
Buildings Brown's Arcade

Henry F. Brauns (October 4, 1845 – May 7, 1917) was an architect based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He was a son of Ferdinand L. and Henrietta Brauns and was one of ten brothers and sisters. Among his brothers were Rev. F.W. Brauns a Presbyterian minister, Ferdinand L. Brauns an accountant of local repute.[1] He started his practice at the age of 18. He was a charter member of the Baltimore Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America in December 1870.[2]

Many of Brauns’s known works were industrial buildings, most of which are now destroyed, and various buildings for Baltimore city’s water and sewer works. Among these was the Mount Royal Pumping Station at the corner of North Avenue and McMechen Street in Baltimore, designs of which were completed in 1897.[3] In keeping with the times, these structures were highly ornamental. In summer 1894, he completed design of the Pratt Street Power-House for the City and Suburban Railway Company in Baltimore.[4] He also designed the Romanesque Revival tower and facade of Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church in 1902.[2]

Brauns interest and expertise in public work led him to champion "the latest and best methods of school building architecture", as paraphrased by the Baltimore Sun coverage of a symposium November 12, 1898, in Easton, Maryland, where he presented and participated.[5]

He died in 1917 at the summer resort of Betterton, Maryland, and is buried in Lorraine Park Cemetery with his wife, Isabella Stewart, and five other family members[2] rather than at the family lot in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore. Emilia Brauns, his last surviving sibling, died after him on August 6, 1917.

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Obituary, Miss Emilia M. Brauns, The Sun (1837-1985); August 6, 1917; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) pg. 5
  2. ^ a b c "Baltimore Architecture Foundation " Henry F. Brauns". Henry F. Brauns. Baltimore Architecture Foundation. 2009-03-17. 
  3. ^ Proposals, The Sun (1837-1985); Aug 18, 1897; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) pg. 5
  4. ^ A Great Power-House, The Sun (1837-1985); May 10, 1894; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) pg. 8
  5. ^ Health Of Children, Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun, The Sun (1837-1985); Nov 12, 1898; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) pg. 9
  6. ^ a b c National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.