John A. Dempwolf

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John A. Dempwolf
Born 1848
Died December 24, 1926
York, Pennsylvania
Nationality Germany
Occupation Architect
Buildings York Central Market
Projects Pennsylvania State Lunatic Hospital

John Augustus Dempwolf (1848 – December 24, 1926) was a York, Pennsylvania-based architect. He was born in Germany as the eldest of 12 brothers and sisters. Dempwolf immigrated to the United States at 19, and settled at York. He studied architecture at the Cooper Union in New York. He then worked in Boston, where he supervised construction of the Holy Cross Cathedral. He worked as an architect at Philadelphia with architect Steven Button and helped him design buildings for the Centennial Exposition. He started his own practice in 1876 at York, and was joined by his brother Rinehardt and later his son Frederick. The practice designed over 600 buildings through 1920.[1][2][3]

He was made a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1901, and became a Fellow of the Institute in 1910. Dempwolf died in 1926.[4]

Selected works[edit]

Contributing buildings to the following

The York County Heritage Trust has the largest collection of the Dempwolf firm's architectural drawings.


  1. ^ City on the Hill: John Dempwolf
  2. ^ a b Virtual York: An Architectural Experience: The Dempwolf Contribution to York's Streetscape
  3. ^ "Dempwolf building designs were shown to members of Society". Gettysburg Times (on Google News). April 15, 1988. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ John A. Dempwolf at the archINFORM database.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.