John Philip Eisentraut (1870-1958), Architect

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Sioux City, and Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Rapid City, and Custer, South Dakota

Also DBA

Eisentraut Pottenger & Colby, Architects, Sioux City, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri, 1904-1909.

The Black Hills Company, Deadwood, South Dakota, 1909-1912.

Eisentraut & Bartholz, Architects, Rapid City, South Dakota, 1914-1915.

John Philip Eisentraut was born in Makoqueta, Iowa in 1870.[4] He attended Woodbury County public schools and then graduated from Morningside College in 1889.[4] He was an apprentice under Charles Brown and later went to Northwestern University, from which he received his architectural degree.[4] In the same year that Eisentraut graduated from Northwestern, he married Susie Kniffen.[4] For the rest of his career, Eisentraut practiced throughout the Midwest.[4] Eisentraut died May 8, 1958.[4]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Educational & Professional Associations

1889: graduated Morningside College.[4]

1889-1892: apprentice to Charles Brown, Architect, Sioux City, Iowa.[4]

1892: with James Walker as Walker & Eisentraut, Architects, Carroll, Iowa.[4]

1892-1894: architecture degree, Northwestern University.[4]

1894-1902: with the Iowa Architectural Company, Des Moines, Iowa.[4]

1902-1904: John Eisentraut, Architect, Sioux City, Iowa.[4]

1904-1909: principal with Eisentraut Pottenger & Colby, Architects, Sioux City, Iowa.[4]

1907-1909: opened Kansas City, Missouri office of Eisentraut Pottenger & Colby, Architects.[4]

1909: John P. Eisentraut, Architect, Sioux City, Iowa and Kansas city, Missouri.[4]

1909-1912: principal, The Black Hills Company, Deadwood, South Dakota.[4]

1913: John P. Eisentraut, Architect, Hill City, South Dakota.[4]

1913-1914: John P. Eisentraut, Architect, Rapid City, South Dakota.[4]

1914-1915: Eisentraut & Bartholz, Architects, Rapid City, South Dakota.[4]

1915-1919: John P. Eisentraut, Architect, Rapid City, South Dakota.[4]

1919-1928: John P. Eisentraut, Architect, Custer, South Dakota.[4][a]

1928-1936: Postmaster and proprietor at Blue Bell, South Dakota.[4]

1936-1940: John P. Eisentraut, Architect, Custer, South Dakota.[4]

Buildings & Projects

First Congregational Church (1903), NW corner Martha & Hwy 12, Newcastle, Nebraska. (DX07-028)

Farmers State Bank (before 1904), Osmond, Nebraska.[5]

Tilden Public School (before 1904), Tilden, Nebraska.[5]

Pawnee City Carnegie Library (1904-1907), Pawnee City, Nebraska.[1][5]

Tecumseh Carnegie Library (1904-1907), Eastside 5th n of Broadway, Tecumseh, Nebraska. [1][3][5] (JO07-030)

First United Presbyterian Church (1906-1907), Auburn, Nebraska.[b] (NH01-086)

Methodist Episcopal Church (before 1907), South Auburn, Nebraska.[5]

Methodist Episcopal Church (before 1907) Albion, Nebraska.[5]

Laurel School (1907), Laurel, Nebraska.[5]

Albion Carnegie Library (1907-1909), NE corner 3rd St. & Prairie, Albion, Nebraska.[1][5] (BO02-006)

Maywood School (1908), Maywood, Nebraska.[5]

Plainview Carnegie Library (1908), Plainview, Nebraska.[5]

Loomis School (1909), Loomis, Nebraska.[5]

House (1909), Falls City, Nebraska.[5]

Hotel (1909), Gordon, Nebraska.[5]

Albion City Hall (1909), Albion, Nebraska.[5]

Table Rock Town Hall (1909), Table Rock, Nebraska.[5]

Roman Catholic Church (1909), Falls City, Nebraska.[5]

Plainview School (ca. 1909-1910), Plainview, Nebraska.[5]

Morrill County Courthouse (1909-1910), Northeast corner 6th & M, Bridgeport, Nebraska.[2][3][5] (MO04-002) NRHP form and photos

Alliance Carnegie Library (1909-1912), 204 W. 4th St., Alliance, Nebraska.[1] [5] (BX01-042)

Bank (1910), Bridgeport, Nebraska.[5]

Gothenburg High School (1910), Gothenburg, Nebraska.[5]

Parsonage for Rev. J. B. Glynn (1910), Hartington, Nebraska.[5]

School District 45 (1910), Randolph, Nebraska.[5]

Shelton School (1910), Shelton, Nebraska.[5]

Building (1910), Holdrege, Nebraska.[5]

Elks Theatre (1912), 512 Sixth St, Rapid City, South Dakota.[6]

Notes

a. Note that the United States Federal Census, 1920, Custer, South Dakota, lists Eisentrout [sic] as a contractor.[7]

b. Architect of record, Eisenbrant Pottenger & Colby, Architects, Sioux City, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri.

References

1. State Library Commission files.

2. Oliver B. Pollak, Nebraska Courthouses: Contention, Compromise, and Community [Images of America Series] (Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2002), 76. [725.1.P771n]

3. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

4. Jim Wilson, Vermillion, South Dakota, to D. Murphy, email, March 20, 2012; information supplied from research in preparation for an article on Eisentraut and his career.

5. Jim Wilson, Vermillion, South Dakota, to D. Murphy, email, March 13, 2012; information supplied from research in preparation for an article on Eisentraut and his career.

6. “John P. Eisentraut,” CinemaTreasures.org, accessed April 10, 2012, http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2614

7. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “John Eisentrout,” Custer, Custer County, South Dakota, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “John Philip Eisentraut (1870-1958), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 4, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, July 14, 2020.


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