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Born: c. 1843, Died: 4/28/1915

Hugo Kafka was born in Austria-Hungary and came to Philadelphia in 1874 in order to work with Herman Schwarzman on the Centennial Exposition. His last listing in the Philadelphia city directories occurs in 1878, but by 1881 Kafka was established in an architectural office in New York, where he remained until his retirement in 1903. His firms while in New York included Mullett & Kafka (with A. B. Mullett), 1882; Hugo Kafka & Co., 1884-85; William Schickel & Co., 1887-88; and Kofka & Mott (Charles T. Mott), 1893-96. He was succeeded in praactice by his son, Hugh Kafka, of Kafka & Lindenmeyer. At the time of his death, according to the American Art Annual obituary, he was residing in New Rochelle, NY.

Hugo Kafka had graduated from the Polytechnikum in Zurich, Switzerland, where he had studied under Gottfried Semper (according to the obituary published in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects. He was made a fellow of the AIA in 1876.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)

School Affiliations

  • Polytechnikum (Zurich
  • Switzerland)


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