Thursday, November 1, 2012

Theodore Brune (1854-1932)

The German-born architect Theodore Brune died in New Orleans in 1932 at the age of 78. He obtained his architectural education at the University of Tübingen before immigrating to the United States and establishing his New Orleans architecture practice. Primarily known as a Catholic church architect, Brune also designed the Biloxi, Mississippi Yacht Club Building, Dukate's Theatre, and private residences for W.K.M. Dukate and L. Lopez, Sr. (all shown above).

He is most noted for his design of the Swiss Benedictine St. Joseph's Abbey, located near Covington in St. Benedict, Louisiana. The structure has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2007. Blueprints reside in the Southeastern Architectural Archive's Philip P. Cazalé Office Records, a recently processed collection.

Upon his death, Brune was interned at St. Joseph's Abbey.

Images above: "Theodore Brune" & his buildings. In Biloxi Daily Herald: Twentieth Century Coast Edition (1902), as viewed 1.11.2012 via The Internet Archive.

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