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Self-Taught Artist

At the early age of thirteen he financed his years at art school playing a church organ and teaching music. As young man he built up his fame as portraitist of famous families, especially of their children. As architect he designed and built buildings in the City of New York, such as the Hotel des Artistes on West 67th Street, the first Hotel Pierre occupying a whole Park Avenue Block between 48th and 49th Streets, Alwyn Court at 58th and Seventh Avenue and the Gothic studio building opposite the Museum of Natural History on 79th Street. His first sculpture, the Edison-Bust, he made at the age of 56, and other portrait busts followed, including two busts of US-President Roosevelt.