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BRANDT, F. G. (Frankfort, Germany-- ). Brandt came to Dubuque in 1854 and served in the federal engineer corps during the CIVIL WAR under General John Fremont. After the war he “followed the profession of an architect for a number of years” in the firm of F. G. BRANDT in Dubuque.

Brandt served six years as city auditor and was in the insurance business. An 1858 Times notice indicated that Brandt was doing design work. The editors examined some of his work “and were much pleased with the beauty of the design and the skill with which they are executed.” The account added, “Mr. B. has furnished plans for some of the best buildings in this city, and has few superiors in his profession (Times, February 4, 1858).”



Jacobson, James E. "Key Dubuque Architects, Builders and Property Developers," The Architectural And Historical Resources of Dubuque, Iowa, 1837-1955, June 24, 2003, p. 155