In his youth sent by his parents to Philadelphia to acquire an education. After attending a Preparatory School, he matriculated at the Penn State University, and following graduation spent five years in technical and architectural study in Europe, mainly in Germany.
Returning to Austin, Mr. Wahrenberger established an office for practice, later (in 1883) moved to San Antonio where he lived and carried on architectural work until the early 1920’s when he retired. His most important buildings in that city were St. Louis College, Turner Hall, the Reuter Building (1892), and a number of public schools. He was also architect of the Alamo National Bank in Shiner, Texas.