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Finding Aid for Richard Z. Goehle Personal Papers and Esenwein and Johnson Records, 1852-1942 (bulk 1882-1942)

Mss. C68-3

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Collection Overview

Title: Richard Z. Goehle Personal Papers and Esenwein & Johnson Records 1852-1942 (bulk 1882-1942)
Creator: Goehle, Richard Z. (Richard Zacharias)
Extent: 17 boxes (8.5 linear feet)
Language of Material: Collection material in English and German.
Repository: Buffalo History Museum.Research Library
Abstract: The records of personal papers of Richard Z. Goehle and family between 1852-1966, and the architectural firm of Esenwein & Johnson represents the accumulated archives of the firm between 1891 and 1966.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Mss. C68-3, Richard Z. Goehle Personal Papers and Esenwein & Johnson Records, 1852-1942 (bulk 1882-1942), Research Library, Buffalo History Museum.

Acquisition Information

Dolce, Joseph S.; unknown; 1968/03/22; 68-765

Terms of Access

The Richard Z. Goehle Personal Papers and Esenwein & Johnson Records, 1852-1942 (bulk 1882-1942), are open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Buffalo History Museum before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed and retroconverted by Peter Nelson, January 1993.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Richard Z. Goehle was the business manager of the Buffalo architectural firm of Esenwein & Johnson. He was the son of Carl August Goehle (1836-1917), a teacher and musician who emigrated from Germany in the 1850's and settled in Buffalo, where he resided for many years on Genesee Street. The elder Goehle and his wife Augusta had ten children besides Richard. Much family correspondence in Series I/Subseries A contains letters by those family members or references to them. The children of Carl and Augusta are listed below:

Mrs. John Knuebel (husband of Rev. John Knuebel)
Thelma (Mrs. Henry C. Gram; husband employed by Coca-Cola Company, Cleveland, Ohio)
Hulda (Mrs. Peter Maul; husband was a judge)
Hugo (Cedarburg, Wisconsin)
Alfred (Principal , Buffalo School 15)
Otto (physician, Cleveland, Ohio; wife, Mary after 1941
Richard Z. (Business manager, Esenwein & Johnson)
August E.
Agnes
Hedwig
Emma.

Richard Z. Goehle's personal papers, which make up over half of this collection, indicate that he lived on Main Street in Ebenezer (in the town of West Seneca) and owned property in that area as well as in Canada. Kathleen F. Bell, a secretary at Esenwein & Johnson, became Richard Z. Goehle's wife.


Historical Note

Esenwein & Johnson was a Buffalo architectural firm of international repute. It was formed in 1897 with the partnership of August Carl Esenwein (1856-1926) and James Addison Johnson (1865-1939), and had its main offices in the Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo.

Records indicate that the early years of the firm were indeed prosperous, but in the 1930's, after the death of Esenwein and the onset of the depression, commissions and revenues declined. In 1932 Johnson entered into a new partnership with B. Frank Kelly, though the firm continued under the former name of Esenwein & Johnson. Generally, growing debts and unpaid salaries were the rule during the 1930's and early 1940's until June 1942, when records of the firm cease.

August Carl Esenwein

August Carl Esenwein was born in Wuerttemberg, Germany in 1856 and was educated in architecture and engineering at Stuttgart Polytechnic University, receiving his degree in 1879. After working in Paris as a draftsman for two years, he immigrated to the United States and served an architectural apprenticeship as a draftsman for a Buffalo firm. Subsequently he was employed by the engineering department of the Delaware and Lackawanna Railroad. During that time he entered a design contest for the Music Hall and won first prize; he later supervised construction of that building. Upon leaving the railroad, he worked as an independent architect until November 27, 1897, when he formed the partnership with Johnson.

Esenwein was a member of the board of eight architects for the Pan-American Exposition; he himself designed the Temple of Music (1901). Other notable accomplishments from the firm of Esenwein & Johnson are the Harlow Curtiss mansion on Delaware Avenue (1897, later housing the International Institute); Lafayette High School (1903); the Calumet Building, with its intricate terra cotta ornamentation (1906); the General Electric Tower (1912); later the Niagara Mohawk Building), said to have been inspired by the electric tower at the Pan-American Exposition; the Elephant House at the Buffalo Zoo (1912); and the Buffalo Museum of Science (1929).

James A. Johnson

James A. Johnson was an assistant in the firm of McKim, Mead & White before joining Esenwein; his specialty became ornament. Two architectural projects that most Powerfully demonstrate Johnson's skills in that area are the Niagara Mohawk Building (1912), with its unusual external motifs featuring electric motors and generators, said to be precursors of Art Deco ornamentation; and the spectacular marble mosaic floor of the Ellicott Square Building, installed in 1929. (Plans and contracts for the floor can be found in the present collection, box 10, folder 5.)


Scope and Content Note

Personal correspondence and financial records of Richard Z. Goehle, including bills, receipts, bank records and papers concerning Canadian property; Goehle family papers, including correspondence, notes, and account books of Carl A. Goehle, 1852-1917, and notebooks of Hulda and August Goehle, ca. 1882-1894; and financial records of Camp Acres Poultry Farm (Ebenezer, N.Y.). Also, records of the architectural firm of Esenwein & Johnson, including job contracts, specifications and plans, 1898-1940; records concerning lease of office space in Ellicott Square Building, 1897-1926; partnership with B. Frank Kelly, 1932; and bank records, employee tax records, account books and ledgers, 1910-1942. Includes plan of marble mosaic floor for Ellicott Square Building, designed by James A. Johnson and W.W. Kent, 1930.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:

Within each series the files are subdivided into subseries.


Container List

I.A.    Correspondence, 1894-1966
Arranged chronologically
Box-folder Contents
1.1
Miscellaneous family correspondence, 1894-1905
1.2
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1911-15
1.3
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1916-17
1.4
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1918-19
1.5
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1920, 1922, 1926-1927, 1929
1.6
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1931-1933
1.7
Correspondence re: investment in Precious Metals Production Syndicate, 1934
1.8
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1935-1936
1.9
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1937-1938
1.10
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1939-1940
1.11
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1941-1942
1.12
Correspondence re: Peter Maul monument, Holy Rest Cemetery, Pine Hill, 1941
1.13
R. Z. Goehle correspondence, 1954, 1965-1966 and undated
I.B.    Financial Records, 1894-1950
Arranged alphabetically within chronological periods.
Box-folder Contents
2.1
A, 1894-1914
2.2
B, 1894-1914
2.3
C-E, 1894-1914
2.4
F, 1894-1914
2.5
G-H, 1894-1914
2.6
I-L, 1894-1914
2.7
M-P, 1894-1914
2.8
R-V, 1894-1914
2.9
W-Z, 1894-1914
2.10
A-B, 1915-1919
2.12
C-F, 1915-1919
2.13
G-I, 1915-1919
3.1
J-M, 1894-1914
3.2
N-O, 1894-1914
3.3
P-S, 1894-1914
3.4
T-V, 1894-1914
3.5
W, 1894-1914
3.6
X-Z, 1894-1914
3.7
A-D, 1920-1924
3.8
E-I, 1920-1924
3.9
J-N, 1920-1924
4.1
P-T, 1920-1924
4.2
U-Z, 1920-1924
4.3
A-F, 1925-1929
4.4
G-L, 1925-1929
4.5
M-Z, 1925-1929
4.6
A-I, 1930-1934
4.7
M-Z, 1930-1934
4.8
A-F, 1935-1939
4.9
G-L, 1935-1939
4.10
M-O, 1935-1939
4.11
P-U, 1935-1939
5.1
A-I, 1940-1944
5.2
J-O, 1940-1944
5.3
P-Z, 1940-1944
5.4
Bills and receipts, undated
5.5
Checkbook registers, 1938-1939
5.6
Checkbook stubs, 1894-1905
5.7
Checkbook stubs, May 8, 1946-Nov. 9, 1949
5.8
Bank statements, Jan.-Sep. 1939 and Oct. 1947-Jan. 1950
5.9
Cancelled checks, 1939
5.10
Cancelled checks, 1947-1948
5.11
Cancelled checks, 1949-1950
Box Contents
6
Cancelled checks, 1949-1950
[Bound Volume]
I.C.    Camp Acres Poultry Farm Records, 1919-1920
Arranged alphabetically by payee.
Box-folder Contents
6.1
A
6.2
B
6.3
C
6.4
D
6.5
F
6.6
G
6.7
H
6.8
I-K
7.1
L
7.2
M
7.3
N-O
7.4
P
7.5
Q-R
7.6
S
7.7
T-V
7.8
W
7.9
Cancelled checks and bank statements, 1919
7.10
Account book, 1919
7.11
Water contract, 1919
I.D.    Records Concerning Canadian Property, 1927-1939
Box-folder Contents
7.12-7.13
Records Concerning Canadian Property
I.E.    Goehle Family Papers
Some items in German.
Box Contents
8
Carl A. Goehle: Account book, 1884-1901
Box-folder Contents
8.1
[Carl A. Goehle?]: expense account book, 1883-1886
8.2
[Carl A. Goehle?]: autograph album, 1856-1860
8.3
Carl A. Goehle: teaching notes and other papers, 1862-1863 and undated
8.4
Carl A. Goehle: insurance policy, 1863
8.5
Carl A. Goehle: correspondence and notes, 1882-1917 and undated
8.6
3 Miscellaneous date books, 1887-1888 and undated
8.7
Biology notes and drawings, circa 1906
8.8
Travelog of the Five Beach-Nuts (anonymous typescript), August 9th to 23rd, 1930
Contents
School attendance book, 1852-1863
[Located between boxes 8 and 9]
Box-folder Contents
9.1
August E. Goehle: notebooks, [1890-1893], [ 1894] and [ 1904?]
9.2
August E. Goehle: Public School 47 grade reports, 1895-1897 German lesson notes, 1930
9.3
Hulda Goehle: autograph book, ca. 1882 notebooks, circa 1885
9.4
Hulda Goehle: notebook on Rhetoric, State Normal School (Buffalo), 1889-1890
9.5
Hulda Goehle: 4 notebooks, undated
9.6
[Hulda Goehle?]: notebook on physiology, undated
9.7
Wm. Weinbach: notebook on Old Testament history, undated (in German)
I.F.    Photographs, Plans, and Personal Papers, circa 1918-1939
Box-folder Contents
9.8
Miscellaneous building plans, undated
9.9
Unidentified photographs, undated (one small portrait labeled "Christian Grossberger")
9.10
K.F. Bell: signed note re The Whistle Bottling Co., Cleveland, Ohio, undated
9.11
Papers pertaining to World War I bond drive, 1918
II.A.    Job Specifications, Contracts, and Plans, 1898-1940
Alphabetical by job name.
Box-folder Contents
10.1
Lists of job numbers, undated
10.2
Calihan, Leo (apt. bldg., Rochester): specifications, 1940
10.3
City Bank Building: TLS and invoices, 1898
10.4
[Elk Place and First Street]: field notes, 1928-1929
10.5
Ellicott Square Building {mosaic floor): specifications, contract and plan, 1930
10.6
Ellicott Square Building (elevators, building and electrical changes): contracts, 1933
10.7
Erie County (miscellaneous jobs): payment receipts, 1907
10.8
Masten Park High School: contract, 1912
10.9
Metzger, Alfred J. (house, Ebenezer, NY): specifications, 1914
10.10
Nagel, Fred C. (roller skating rink, Evans, NY): specifications, 1938
10.11
Portage Hotel (Akron, OH): specifications, 1926
10.12
Prince Edward Hotel (Windsor, Ont.) : specifications, 1920-1921
10.13
Sagamore Hotel (Rochester): specifications for alterations, 1939
10.14
Summer-Linwood Medical Building: Financial and contract booklet (9 cc.)
10.15
Summer-Linwood Medical Building: contracts 1932- 1934
10.16
Builders uniform subcontract (blank), 1906
II.B.    Legal papers 1897-1939
Box-folder Contents
11.1
Records pertaining to lease of Ellicott Square Bldg. office space, 1897-1926
11.2
Miscellaneous papers pertaining to the partners, 1897-1931 and undated
11.3
Partnership agreement (J.A. Johnson and B.F. Kelly), 1932 (2 cc.)7 and certificate of continued use of partnership "Esenwein & Johnson," 1939
II.C.    Financial Records, 1891-1941
The files in subseries C are further divided into four categories: Bank records, Tax and Social Security records, Ledgers and account books, and Time books.
Box-folder Contents
11.4
Bank account records, 1891-1901
11.5
Cancelled checks, 1898-1904; checkbook stubs, 1903- 1904
Box-folder Contents
11.6
Social Security payroll book, 1937-1938
11.7
Employee tax records, 1937-1941
Box Contents
11
Office account ledger, 1910-1931
[Bound Volume]
Box-folder Contents
12.1
Check account book, 1921-1928
12.2
Check record book, Nov. 1931-Sept. 1933
12.3
Check record book, Oct. 1933-Aug. 1935
12.4
Check record book, Sept. 1935-Dec. 1936
12.5
Statements of expenses and receipts, 1933-1937
12.6
Ledger of checks received and paid, 1937-1938
12.7
Ledger of checks received and paid, 1939-1942
13.1
1: Office account book, 1931-1942 (A-O)
13.2
1: Office account book, 1931-1942 (P-Z)
Box-folder Contents
13.3
Employee time book, 1897
13.4
Job time book, 1910-1931 (with index and schedule of wages)
13.5
Employee time book, 1939-1942
13.6
Time book and payroll, 1940-1942
II.D.    Correspondence, Printed Matter, and Financial reports,
Box-folder Contents
13.7
Charles H. Kimpel: correspondence re hotel construction, 1929
13.8
Specifications of Steelcrete Vault by Consolidated Expanded Metal Cos., ca. 1925
13.9
Associated Buffalo Architects, Inc.: Report on audit and financial statements, 1927-1930
II.E.    Job Card Files, ca.1897-1942
Box Contents
14
Job files, alphabetical by job name; cards record job descriptions and charges for architectural services.
15-17
Contractor files, alphabetical by job name; cards record contractors involved and their charges (and sometimes office costs). Two alphabetical series.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Buffalo History Museum
Camp Acres Poultry Farm (Ebenezer, N.Y.)
Esenwein & Johnson (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Goehle, Carl A. (Carl August), 1836-1917
Johnson, James A., 1865-1939
Kent, William Winthrop, 1860-1955

Subject Terms

Architects--New York (State)--Buffalo
Ellicott Square Building (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Kelly, B. Frank

Genre Terms

Diaries
Photographs