Samuel Juster

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Samuel Juster
Born February 12, 1896[1]
Died May 1, 1982(1982-05-01) (aged 86)[2]
Broward, Florida
Nationality United States
Known for Architect

Samuel Juster, AIA, (February 12, 1896 – May 1982) was a minor American architect who practiced in mid-20th-century New York and New Jersey.

Early life and education[edit]

Juster was born in Romania. He earned a diploma from Cooper Union in 1917.[1] He studied Beaux Arts, Corbett-Gugler, Atelier, between 1915 and 1917, earned a diploma from the International Correspondence School in 1918.[1] In 1956, his office was located at 36G Broadway, New York City.[1]

Early career[edit]

While earning his diplomas, Juster was Squad Leader, draftsmen and writer for Goldner & Goldberg from 1913–1917; he was a draftsman, writer, and supervisor at the firm of Alfred C. Bossom from 1918-1924 where he met Anthony J. DePace with whom he former the architectural partnership DePace & Juster in 1923.

DePace and Juster (1923–1947)[edit]

Anthony DePace left the firm of Cass Gilbert in 1923 and formed DePace and Juster with Juster.[3] The firm continued in practice until 1947 when the partnership was dissolved.[1] Juster claimed in 1956 that the practice was established in 1925 and disestablished in 1948.[1]

Samuel Juster, AIA (1948–present)[edit]

Juster established his own firm under his own name in 1948,[1] a year after DePace had done the same suggesting DePace disbanded the partnership and Juster was slower to reestablish himself. As the junior partner of DePace & Juster, the multiple differences in dates between Juster and DePace could be explained by DePace taking the initiative in their joint activities with Juster playing catch up.

Juster was registered as an architect in New York and New Jersey. In 1956, he claimed his principle works were an Office Building at West 46th Street, New York City (1928 as DePaul & Juster), plans for a Refrigerating Plant, Hudson River State Hospital, (1948), a Tubercular Hospital, Hudson River State Hospital (Poughkeepsie, New York) (1951 as DePaul & Juster), built by the State of New York, the Yeshirah of Flatbush Parochial School & Auditorium (Brooklyn, New York) (1951); Shaare Torah Community Buildings (Brooklyn, New York) (1954), Traymore Hotel Outdoor and Indoor Swimming Pools (Atlantic City, New York) (1954, demolished 1972).[1] No changes were made in the second edition of the American Architects Directory, published 1962.[4]

The firm of Samuel Juster, AIA was listed as active in the third edition of the American Architects Directory, published 1970, but a response to the questionnaire was not filed.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

New York Society of Architects, New York State Assn. of Architects. AIA Mem: N.Y. Chapter.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married in 1922 and had two children as of 1956.[1] In 1956, he resided at 25 Lefferts Avenue, Brooklyn.[1]


Juster's former partner, DePace had a prolific career as a designed of Roman Catholic buildings, Juster appears to have balanced out the firm's portfolios with non-Catholic commissions, including many Jewish commissions. Between the first (1956) and third (1970) editions of the American Architects Directory, he made no changes to his original entry, including prominent commissions. He did not file an entry in 1970 but most of his 1956 commissions were as DePace & Juster.[4]

DePace & Juster works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Samuel Juster" American Architects Directory, First Edition (New York City: R.R. Bowker LLC, 1956), p.236
  2. ^ U.S. Social Security Death Index
  3. ^ Anthony J. DePace, AIA Architect Roster Questionnaire, 1953 Archived 2012-03-31 at the Wayback Machine. (Accessed 08 August 2010)
  4. ^ a b "Samuel Juster" American Architects Directory, Second Edition (New York City: R.R. Bowker LLC, 1962), p.362.
  5. ^ "Samuel Juster" American Architects Directory, Third Edition (New York City: R.R. Bowker LLC, 1970), p.467.
  6. ^ History of St. Teresa School (with photo of Mr. Depace)
  7. ^ Norval White, Elliot Willensky, with Fran Leadon, AIA Guide to New York City (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  8. ^ description of the Moller organ at St. Roch Church
  9. ^ White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot; Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City. American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (Fifth ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 823. ISBN 978-0-19-538386-7. 
  10. ^ Letter requesting protection of St. Vincent De Paul