Francis J. Berlenbach, Jr.

Francis Berlenbach was active in Brooklyn architecture starting in the 1870s. He was the son of Joseph Berlenbach, a local carpenter/builder and Francis may have received his training as a carpenter as well. Francis operated as a sole practitioner, with offices at 260 Graham Avenue1 , until the early 1900s when we went into partnership with his sons as Francis J. Berlenbach and Sons. The Berlenbachs did many projects for the Diocese of Brooklyn and most of their work was in Kings County. His Manhattan projects include the Church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 211 East 83rd Street, Manhattan, which was "built in 1893 as the Second Immanuel Lutheran Church and altered [in 1917??] by Francis J. Berlenbach. 2

  • 1Francis, Dennis Steadman. Architects in Practice, New York City, 1840-1900. New York: Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 1979, 86.
  • 2David Dunlap, From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship (New York: Columbia University Press), 2004.