University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Ludwig B. Weinman:

An Inventory of his Drawings, 1890-1929



Collection Summary

CreatorWeinman, Ludwig B., 1867-1945
Title:Ludwig B. Weinman (1867-1945) Drawings, Fort Worth, North Texas
Dates: 1890-1929
AbstractWeinman (1867-1945) was a German-born architect who practiced in Fort Worth, Tex. Consists of 143 working drawings (1890-1929) representing Weinman's architectural designs in Fort Worth and other cities in north Texas.
Identification:WEI 1980002
Quantity:143 drawings
LanguageEnglish.
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Ludwig Bernhart Weinman

Ludwig Bernhart Weinman was born on March 14, 1867 in Rutlingen, Germany, one of nine children. He studied at the Stuttgart preparatory school on scholarship and became interested in architecture at an early age. His studies included travels with study groups to Russia, Poland, Austria, and Hungary.

After graduation, the Prussian Military academy offered him a scholarship. On the advice of an older brother who was an officer in the Prussian Army, he decided to leave Germany. He joined another brother, Karl Weinman, in Atchinson, Kansas in 1884 at age 17. From 1884 to 1889, he interned with architect Alfred Meier of Kansas City. He studied architecture part time at a local Catholic school in Atchinson, Kansas where he met Mary Lily Ostertag, whom he later married.

He went from Alfred Meier's office to San Antonio where he worked in design and drafting with James Riley Gordon until 1891. He was sent by Gordon on client interviews to Amarillo and other points in West Texas, as well as Waco and Waxahachie. Gordon had difficulty traveling due to numerous warrants out for his arrest in various cities and counties. Seems that Gordon billed for his services in advance then didn't always perform per agreement. When Weinman became recognized as Gordon's emissary, he too encountered harassment.

On one of his trips to Waxahachie he attracted the notice of A.N. Dawson of Fort Worth. Dawson had just received the commission to do the new Fort Worth City Hall (first permanent, or non-wood structure to house the city government offices) and hired Weinman to design and supervise the work. The office was located at 10th and Throckmorton. After work was finished and the office went into a "slack period", Weinman went about 10 months without pay, doing small work to keep the doors open. Dawson left town in 1896 to avoid creditors; Weinman was given the Dawson office for back pay.

As a consequence of his work on the old Stone City Hall, Weinman received his first major commission, to design the Central Fire Hall, on an adjacent plot. This building was of the same materials and of the same design school as the Stone City Hall, and was located at Monroe and Throckmorton Streets.

When his own office opened in 1896, Weinman pursued an active practice through 1938 or so. His most active years were through 1915 or 1916, until the great German scares almost drove him out of business. With the government sponsored hysteria at that time, his architectural practice declined to almost nothing. He and his family were able to continue on the basis of his prior investments in office space and rental residences. His practice regained itself in the 1920s and 1930s, but work was confined mainly to apartment houses and private residences.

He attempted to bring his sons, Louie Bernhard Weiman Jr. and Arthur O. Weinman into the business in the 1920s and 1930s. Louis kept the firm name alive until about 1970, but the level of practice was negligible.

-from an oral interview with Weinman's son (Arthur O. Weinman) by Weinman's grandson (Arthur W. Weinman), October 1982.


Scope and Content of the Collection

This record group contains 143 architectural drawings representing work that Ludwig B. Weinman produced between 1890 and 1929. Most of these working drawings show residential spaces (homes or apartments) in or near Fort Worth, Texas.


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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons:
Weinman, Ludwig B., 1867-1945--Archives.
Subjects:
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Buildings.
Architecture--Texas--Fort Worth.
Architecture, Domestic--Texas--Fort Worth.
Office buildings--Designs and plans.
Stables--Designs and plans.
Apartment houses--Texas--Fort Worth.
Document types:
Working drawings.

Administrative Information

Citation

Ludwig B. Weinman (1867-1945) Drawings, 1890-1929 Fort Worth, North Texas, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Drawings processed by: Lila Knight

Date: 1980

Processing is not completed. Please see Archive's staff for more information.


Other Finding Aids

Unpublished inventory in Archive.


References to works by or about Louis B. Weinman (1867-1945)

Robinson, Willard B. Gone from Texas. College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University Press, 1981: p. 97 (Fort Worth City Hall, 1892-93), p. 101 (Central Fire Hall, 1899).


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Drawings Series

Series Abstract
Entries are indexed in alphabetical order by Client's last name. If the client is not identifiable, the field will remain blank. Entries without client names are sorted by Project Name and listed before those that provide client's names. Project names are supplied by the cataloger, as title blocks on the drawings prove to be inconsistent and many drawings are not labeled. Dates are offered if they can be derived from the drawings or gathered from other authoritative sources. The term "drawing" includes both original works (such as pencil on trace paper, or ink on tracing clothe) as well as copies (such as sepia prints, blue line prints, etc.).
Project number: 854
Project name: Macanac Building. Annex.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Street address: Commerce between 11th and 12th
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 828
Project name: St. John's Apartments.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Transfer Drug Store. Remodeling.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Street address: Northwest corner of Houston and 10th
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 823
Project name: Willis Brothers business building.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Dundee Building. Alterations and additions.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Farmer, E. D.
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 885
Project name: G.W. Haltom residence.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Haltom, G. W.
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 814, 842
Project name: F.L. Jaccard residence.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Jaccard, F. L.
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: T.B. James residence.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: James, T. B.
Street address: College Ave at Robert St
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 840
Project name: H. W. Kuteman Esq. business building.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Kuteman, H. W., Esq.
City: Weatherford
County: Parker
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: J. F. Moore stable.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Moore, J. F.
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: J.F. Moore store building.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Moore, J. F.
Street address: 11th and Houston
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Judge Strong residence.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Strong, Judge
City: Stephenville
County: Erath
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 884
Project name: H.V. Thodberg residence. Remodeling.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Thodberg, H. V.
City: Comanche
County: Comanche
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: John Weinman residence.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Weinman, John
City: Atchison
State/Province: Kan.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 826
Project name: William Wills business building.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Wills, William
City: Fort Worth
County: Tarrant
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project number: 851
Project name: George H. Wray residence.
Date on drawings: nd
Primary archt/firm: L.B. Weinman
Client: Wray, George H.
City: Dublin
County: Erath
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.