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Detlef Lienau

Detlef Lienau, German architect.


  • Lienau, Detlef was born on February 17, 1818 in Utersen, Germany. Son of Jacob and Lucia (Heidorn) Lienau.

  • Education

    • Attended Royal Architectural School, Munich, Germany, 1841-1842.


    • Came to the United States, 1848. Entered partnership with architect Henry Marcotte, New York City, 1848. Designed many elaborate residences, New York City.

      Designed sugar refineries for Matthiesen & Weichus, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1862, New Jersey Sugar Refining Company, 1867, Suydam Hall (1871) and Sage Library (1873) for Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Other wdrks include many office buildings, New York City, some stores, a few model tenement houses.


    • Married Catharine Van Giesen Booraem, May 11, 1853. Married second, Harriet Jane Wreaks, November 8, 1866. Children: August, Detlef Booraem, Cornelia, Eleanor, J. Henry.
    • father: Jacob Lienau
    • mother: Lucia (Heidorn) Lienau
    • spouses: Catharine Van Giesen Booraem
    • Harriet Jane Wreaks
    • children: August Lienau
    • Detlef Booraem Lienau
    • Cornelia Lienau
    • Eleanor Lienau
    • J. Henry Lienau
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    Born February 17, 1818
    Died August 29, 1887
    (aged 69)