Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Tuchenhagen (1860-1941), Mason-Architect
Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Tuchenhagen was born on September 20, 1860 to Wilhelmine Gross and Johann August Tuchenhagen in the city of Treptow an der Rega, Pomerania, Germany (now Poland). He had one brother and two sisters.  His father was a skilled stonemason, a skill Tuchenhagen brought with him as a young man to Nebraska in 1886. Upon his arrival to America, he changed his name to “Carl” and settled a homestead ten miles north of Gordon. In 1889, he married his wife Johanne Torine Johannedatter Seveland, and they had two children, Minna Elvira Cornelia and Karl Friedrich Wilhelm (Fred). When their children began school, the family moved into the town of Gordon, where Carl began working as a builder. 
Tuchenhagen built his 3,200 square-foot block factory around 1887. Because there was little native stone in the area, Carl used cement in molds to create stone-like concrete blocks. He composed his versatile blocks out of sand and cement, and stamped “Carl Tuchenhagen, Cement Worker” on a small percentage of them. Tuchenhagen built primarily homes (there are few known commercial buildings attributed to him), and in each home the blocks were laid carefully to encompass space and provide insulation for comfort. In 1905, The Fair Store, perhaps the largest department store in the area at the time, sought out Tuchenhagen to build “a modern building of cement blocks” to house their store, which has long remained standing, like many of his other buildings. He built concrete stone homes with a signature “Tuchenhagen style,” which is still very visible throughout the town of Gordon. He died on August 29, 1941 at the age of 80. 
Educational & Professional Associations
1885-1930s: Carl Tuchenhagen, Cement Worker, Gordon, Nebraska. 
Buildings & Projects
Tuchenhagen’s Block Factory (1885), Gordon, Nebraska. 
The Fair Store (1905), Gordon, Nebraska.  (SH05-010)
The Springer House (1909), Gordon, Nebraska. 
Home (now Seveland House) (1915), Gordon, Nebraska. 
Metzger/Abbot House (ca.1920), Gordon, Nebraska. 
Tuchenhagen House (n.d.), behind block factory, Gordon, Nebraska. 
Dalgren House (n.d.), W. Maple St., Gordon, Nebraska. 
Gordon Shoe Service Shop (n.d.), Main St., Gordon, Nebraska. 
Shadak Vault in Gordon Cemetery (n.d.), Gordon, Nebraska. 
House on banks of Niobrara River (n.d.),Gordon, Nebraska. 
b. Other houses in the Gordon-Rushville area have been built in signature Tuchenhagen style, inspired by his homes, and have been incorrectly attributed to him. While it is true that a major portion of cement block homes in Sheridan County are the work of Tuchenhagen, finding a block stamped with his name is the most concrete assurance of his work. 
c. Believed to be Tuchenhagen's due to native sand concrete blocks, general style, and location.
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Lydia Allen, “Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Tuchenhagen (1860-1941), Mason-Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 29, 2018. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 19, 2022.
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