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Lectures at the Lighthouse with Brian Fette
September 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brian Fette – Herman Buemming, Architect
New York Talent, Milwaukee Showcase
Herman Buemming was a Milwaukee native, educated at New York’s Columbia University, who worked for two leading New York architects. He was trained by the founder of the first architectural studies program in the United States. He studied architecture during the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893 and was employed by no less than three members of its Board of Architects.
He refined his interior design skills by designing homes whose interiors were the work of George Mann Niedecken, whose local factory supplied the furniture for many homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
While his area homes demonstrate a fluency in every style of design, each bears the marks of a perfect sense of proportion honed in his curriculum of classical architecture. Buemming’s peak years were from 1896 to 1945. While he could have succeeded anywhere in the U.S., he chose to work in his native Milwaukee and to live in the home he designed on Newberry Boulevard.
Fette’s interest in Milwaukee architecture and history grew out of researching neighborhoods, homes and commercial buildings for Historic Milwaukee, Inc. This includes the 2016 tour of the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood known as Spaces & Traces as well as every year of Doors Open Milwaukee. Other neighborhoods researched include Concordia, Washington Heights, Riverwest, Brewer’s Hill, Shorewood, Layton Boulevard and this year, Glendale.
Originally a native of southeastern Michigan, he attended the University of Leuven, Belgium and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with post-graduate studies at Michigan State University. He moved to Milwaukee in 1987 to work in international business for area manufacturers. Brian, now retired, spent a career in product development and was director of strategic planning for a global manufacturer based in his native Michigan.
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