After a brief stay in Europe as a result of ill health and the death of his wife
due to an epidemic of yellow fever he returned to New York where he practised with
Henry Fernbach and later in partnership with John Hinchman, he took part in several
competitions for clubs, theaters, Hotels, apartment buildings and grand townhouses,
some outstanding such as the Progress Club, an exclusive club for the german speaking
jewish comunity, the University of New York and mansions for the Lauterbach, Rothschild
and Goldemberg families amongst others.
Towards the end of the 1880´s Zucker was instrumental in the development of a new
business area in the lower west side of Broadway, where he employed cast iron facades
and decorations so popular at the time. Alter 1896 his work diminished and perhaps
as a result of this he started practising in partnership with James Riely Godon.
In 1904 he travelled to South America, during his stay in Uruguay he took part in
the competition for the design of the new Legislative Palace in Montevideo and later
settled in Buenos Aires, then a sought after destination for many prominent architects
During the following decade he designed and built several important buildings, some
of which sadly no longer stand. For the local Banker and enterpreneur Ernesto Tornquist
he built the Plaza Hotel, the most luxurious and modern hotel at the time and the
German Bank. Also the Avenida Palace Hotel and the Casado y Corral building, both
in the then fashionable avenida de Mayo and the Villalonga Building in the corner
of Balcarce and Moreno, the Gran Hotel Casino in Belgrano, the open air theater in
the Parque Japones, a popular amusement park at the time and the stables for the
Villalonga company which then employed horse drawn carts and wagons.
For the design of both the Plaza Hotel and the Villalonga building he used the famous
bow windows and brick walls which together with the light courts give a unique air
and character to his buildings reminiscent of New York at the turn of the century,
incorporating at the same time elements which were unheard of in Buenos Aires, such
as lifts, escalators and central heating using steam.
Part of his work covering a period of 24 years in New York, mainly sketches, drawings
and water colours form part of a collection housed in the university of Texas.
He died in Buenos Aires on august 2nd 1913 and was buried at the British Cemetery
of Buenos Aires - Chacarita.
Plaza Hotel. Plaza San Martin . Charcas esq. Florida – fachada original.
Edificio Villalonga calle Balcarce esq. Moreno
1852 Alfred Zucker 1913
Was born in Freiburg, Prussian Silesia on jan 23rd. 1852, he was educated firstly
in the technical school in Brieg and later between 1868 and 1872 in the Polytechnic
Academy in Aachen and Hannover. He graduated in 1873 in the Techical Academy in Berlin
and was employed for some time in the State Railways in Hannover.
He travelled to the US where he settled firstly in Washington D.C and worked in the
Office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury under Alfred Mullett and W.A.
Potter. He then worked in Texas and after marrying Augusta Moser moved to Mississipi
where he was employed firstly as consultant for the railway and later involved in
several major projects such as the designs for buildings in the South : the State
A&M College at Starkville (1877-1880), the State Institute for the Blind in Jackson
(1879-1880) and the State Insane Asylum in Meridian (1880-1882).