Henry Fernbach

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Interior of Central Synagogue
New York Mutual Life Insurance Company Building, top three floors added later designed by Philip Roos

Henry Fernbach was an architect in New York City. Born in Breslau in Germany, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1848[1] or in 1855.[2] He was Prussian of Jewish descent.[2] He trained at the Bauakademie in Berlin.[3] He served as Treasurer of the United Association of American Architect.[1] Alfred Zucker and Theodore de Lemos partnered with him. He is known for his synagogue designs, mainly in the Moorish Revival architecture style.[2] Paul J. Pelz worked as a chief draftsman for him. He designed the German Savings Bank with Edward H. Kendall.


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  1. ^ a b c Passikoff, Alexander G. (September 8, 2011). A Façade of Buildings: A Collection of Architectural Styles, Architects, and Their Buildings That Make Up the Face of New York pp. 82–83
  2. ^ a b c Henry Fernbach New York Architecture
  3. ^ a b Bedoire, Fredric. The Jewish Contribution to Modern Architecture, 1830-1930 pp. 425–426.
  4. ^ Temple Emanu-El
  5. ^ Temple Emanu-El image NYC-architecture.com
  6. ^ a b c White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot; Leadon, Fran. AIA Guide to New York City.
  7. ^ The New Jewish Orphan Asylum October 29, 1863