August C. Esenwein, a German immigrant, trained in architecture at the Stuttgart Technical School. He settled in Buffalo in 1880 and opened his own office two years later, after winning the design competition for the original Buffalo Music Hall. Esenwein practiced independently for the next fifteen years. He worked in a variety of styles, including Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque, Italian Renaissance, and Colonial Revival.

Buffalo Music Hall         German-American Brewery & Hall          Alfred Schoellkopf Residence

This Italian Renaissance style edifice was Esenwein's first building design, and marks the true
genesis of the firm. The Music Hall was briefly the center of German culture in Buffalo, until
destroyed by fire in 1885.

This brewery complex symbolized Buffalo's rich German heritage, and was designed in a vaguely
Romanesque style. The hall, which included a restaurant and roof garden, was razed in 1955. The
brewery was converted into apartments during the 1920s, and was demolished in 2005.

Alfred Schoellkopf's carriage awaits at the curb in front of his elegant Queen Anne
mansion, demolished in 1963.

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