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 Edmond Jacques Eckel

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Edmond Jacques Eckel

Birth
Strasbourg, Departement du Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Death
12 Dec 1934 (aged 89)
Burial
Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID
64571459 View Source

He was born in Straesburg Alsace France to Phillip & Louise Eckel.

For sixty-five years, Edmund Eckel was the leading architect in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was born 1845 in Strasburg, Alsace, France and studied in Paris at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts. He arrived in St. Joseph in 1869. Immediately impressed by the post-Civil War building activity he saw, he decided to settle and work there rather than continuing on to Kansas City as originally planned. During his career, he and his associates designed approximately 75% of the city’s buildings. The Eckel and Aldrich Architectural Firm organized in 1910, consisting of Edmund, his son George, and Will S. Aldrich. This talented and prolific firm designed dozens of buildings in St. Joseph, across Missouri, and in surrounding states. Their designs included schools, residences, churches, hospitals, businesses, government buildings and banks. The Eckel and Aldrich firm was one of only two Missouri firms in the final group of ten architects involved in the competition to design the new Missouri State Capitol. Their design finished second to the New York architectural firm of Tracy and Swartwout. The firm, later known as Brunner and Brunner, is credited with designing Columbia, Missouri’s Municipal Building; Union Station in Hannibal, Missouri; St. Louis City Hall; the National Biscuit Company plant in Los Angeles; Council Bluffs, Iowa Courthouse and Jail and St. Joseph’s own City Hall.

(From "Missouri Digital Heritage")

He was born in Straesburg Alsace France to Phillip & Louise Eckel.

For sixty-five years, Edmund Eckel was the leading architect in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was born 1845 in Strasburg, Alsace, France and studied in Paris at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts. He arrived in St. Joseph in 1869. Immediately impressed by the post-Civil War building activity he saw, he decided to settle and work there rather than continuing on to Kansas City as originally planned. During his career, he and his associates designed approximately 75% of the city’s buildings. The Eckel and Aldrich Architectural Firm organized in 1910, consisting of Edmund, his son George, and Will S. Aldrich. This talented and prolific firm designed dozens of buildings in St. Joseph, across Missouri, and in surrounding states. Their designs included schools, residences, churches, hospitals, businesses, government buildings and banks. The Eckel and Aldrich firm was one of only two Missouri firms in the final group of ten architects involved in the competition to design the new Missouri State Capitol. Their design finished second to the New York architectural firm of Tracy and Swartwout. The firm, later known as Brunner and Brunner, is credited with designing Columbia, Missouri’s Municipal Building; Union Station in Hannibal, Missouri; St. Louis City Hall; the National Biscuit Company plant in Los Angeles; Council Bluffs, Iowa Courthouse and Jail and St. Joseph’s own City Hall.

(From "Missouri Digital Heritage")


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