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THEODORE LENZEN

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SURNAMES: WALLAUER, MORSCH,

architect, at No. 110  North Second Street, San Jose, was born in Prussia, in 1833. He attended the usual schools up to the age of fifteen years, when he commenced to learn the builder's trade, together with drawing and architecture, until twenty-one years old, when he came to the United States and located at Chicago, where he passed seven years perfecting himself in all the details of his profession, both practical and theoretical. He then came to California, arriving in San Francisco January 24, 1861, where he remained a little over a year, devoting himself to the builder's trade. During this time he was called upon to help draw the plans for St. Ignatius College, on Market, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. This work was done so satisfactorily that he was employed to come to Santa Clara and build the since famous Santa Clara College. This occupied his time exclusively for more than a year. Upon the completion of this work he was called upon by the Auzerais Brothers to build the Auzerais House, at that time and for years the principal hotel in San Jose. In all the years since that time he has been actively engaged in the erection of buildings, both public and private, being at the present time engaged on the new City Hall at the intersection of Market and San Fernando Streets, and also of the San Jose Sanitarium, now being built by Hon. M. P. O'Connor for the Sisters of Charity. Mr. Lenzen was the architect of the first Normal School building erected in San Jose, which was afterward burned. Since his residence here Mr. Lenzen has built in this and other counties between 500 and 600 buildings, having put up buildings in Salinas City, Hollister, Santa Cruz, Gilroy, Sacramento, and even in Los Angeles, and El Paso, Texas. He has now under way, in this county, buildings whose aggregate cost will exceed $350,000.

        He was married in San Francisco, April 12, 1865, to Miss Caroline Christina Wallauer, a native of Bavaria. They have had four children: Gertrude Wilhelmina, now an assistant in her father's office; , Katrina, who died November 5, 1887; Emilia, a graduate of the San Jose High School; and Louis Theodore, now attending the public schools. His parents were Nicholas and Gertrude (Morsch) Lenzen, also natives of Prussia, who came to California in 1862 and first visited the subject of this sketch while building the Santa Clara College. His father died March 29, 1886, and his mother November 9, 1876. He is a member of Friendship Lodge, No. 210, F. & A. M., San Jose, and of the Royal Arch Masons, No. 14, of San Jose; also of the Independent Order of Red Men, No. 77; a member of the San Jose Turn-Verein, and also of the Germania Club. In politics he is a Republican, and believes in the protection of American industries.

Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.

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