Biography of Charles Schaeffer, Jr.
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CHARLES SCHAEFER, Jr. - A native son of New York who has devoted his whole life and his tremendous energies to the inspiring task of supplying the rapidly growing city with suitable buildings for business and residence is Charles Schaefer, architect, with offices at Third Avenue and One Hundred and Forty eighth Street, The Bronx. For thirty four years he has been associated with the planning of buildings. His activities have kept pace with the northward progress of the city and his part in the building of The Bronx has been significant.

Charles Schaefer, Jr., was born September 10, 1876, on Forty eighth Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, in the Borough of Manhattan, New York, son of Charles Schaefer, also a native New Yorker, and his wife, Anna (Enck) Schaefer, born in Mamaroneck, New York. The father, who died in 1922, two years before his wife's death, was a representative of the fine type of builder who learns by way of the trade of the carpenter. After following his trade as journeyman carpenter for many years, he successfully engaged in business for himself as carpenter and builder.

His son, Charles Schaefer, Jr., inherited his father's love for construction. Although he began on his life work at the age of sixteen, after completing the public school course, he studied for years at his profession. He is now a registered' architect in New York State and New Jersey and professional engineer in the former, ranking high in his profession. He took the course in architecture and engineering throughout eight years of study at Cooper Union Institute and supplemented it with a course at the Brooklyn Institute of Science and Arts. His first practical efforts in his professional progress occurred when he was office assistant and draftsman for H. W. Smith, of Babb, Cook & Willard, architects, at No. 55 Broadway, New York City. He then served as inspector and examiner for the Bureau of Buildings of the city from 1898 to 1907. This broad experience gave him an excellent foundation on which to build when he opened his own offices as an independent architect at No. 1 Madison Avenue, in the Metropolitan Life Building. A year there convinced him of the desirability of locating in a newer section of the city, where building operations were more active. His first office in The Bronx was at No. 461 Tremont Avenue. Later came his removal to the Melrose section, center of banking and financial operations. For the past three years Mr. Schaefer has occupied an office in the Bank Building at One Hundred and Forty eighth Street and Third Avenue, and has come to occupy the position of leading architect for his neighborhood. Many distinctive and admirably planned buildings throughout the upper borough and county of The Bronx testify to his skill and industry. Mr. Schaefer is a member of the Munn Lodge, No. 190, Free and Accepted Masons; Ivy Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Constantine Commander, Knights Templar; and Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is also enrolled in the Builders' Protective Association.

In November, 1897, at the Cornell Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City, Charles Schaefer, Jr., married Sarah Browning, daughter of Charles S. Browning, born in Yorkshire, England, and his wife, Sarah (Douglas) Browning, born in County Tyrone, Ireland. Children: 1. Ethel Douglas Schaefer, married Robert Williams, by whom she has a daughter, Dorothea Williams. 2. Mildred Browning Schaefer, now attending Teachers College of Columbia University, and received her degree of Bachelor of Science.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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