Brielmaier, Erhard

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BRIELMAIER, Erhard (1841-1917) of Milwaukee, Wisc. was born in Wurttemburg, Germany and brought to the United States by his family in 1850. He trained in the profession in Cincinnati and moved to Milwaukee in 1873 where his practice centred on ecclesiastical architecture. He later headed a partnership with three of his four sons, and together they can be linked with one major work in Canada, that of the Romanesque Revival design for St. Peter's Roman Catholic Monastery at ROSTHERN, SASK., designed in 1905, but not built (dwgs. Wisconsin Architectural Archive, Milwaukee). After the death of Erhard B. on 30 August 1917 the practice was continued by his sons Joseph (1880-1954), Bernhard and Leo, who continued to use the firm name of E. Brielmaier & Sons until 1960. The descendant firm carried out the design of St. Peter's Roman Catholic College in MUENSTER, SASK., designed in 1908, built 1921 (Western Architect [Minneapolis], xii, Oct. 1908, 48, illus.; Saskatchewan Assoc. of Architects, Historic Architecture of Saskatchewan, 1986, 136, illus.). A biography of Joseph can be found in F.W. Kervick, Architects In American of Catholic Tradition, 1962, 22-3 (obit. for Erhard Brielmaier in American Architect & Building News, cxii, 3 Oct. 1917, 255; obit. for Joseph Brielmaier in Michigan Society of Architects Monthly Bulletin, xxix, Feb. 1955, 35)