Alfred Friedrich Bluntschli
1842 – 1930
Who was Alfred Friedrich Bluntschli?
Son of a distinguished legal scholar, Johann Caspar Bluntschli, A. F. "Fritz" Bluntschli commenced his architectural education in 1860 at the Zurich Polytechnikum under Gottfried Semper, and later attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the atelier of Charles-Auguste Questel. By 1866, Bluntschli was shuttling between Heidelberg and Konstanz, and in 1870 he settled in Frankfurt am Main where he met Carl Jonas Mylius, with whom he established a successful arhictectural practice. One of their first successful commissions was for the layout of Vienna's Zentralfriedhof in 1871, though none of the planned structures were built. In 1876, Mylius and Bluntschli won an international competition for the new Hamburg City Hall, though it was not executed to their designs.
In 1881, Bluntschli was called to assume the leadership of the Department of Architecture at the Polytechnikum, where he taught until 1914. During his Zurich years, Bluntschli built a number of large private residences, several commissions for the Polytechnikum, and the delightful Enge Evangelical Church on the Zürichsee.
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