John M. E. Riedel was born December 2, 1865 in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents were John and Margaret Riedel, his father was a teacher which led to the family to move to Fort Wayne. His father was employed by St. Paul Lutheran School and he was a teacher for 47 years before his death in 1916. John married his wife Miss Helen M. Achard and they had a son named Carls R. Riedel.

John M. E. Riedel was a diligent and hardworking student throughout his early life which was ingrained upon him by his father. John eventually attended Concordia College for his college education. When he graduated he began an apprenticeship with the architecture firm of T.S. Tolan & Sons of Fort Wayne. He worked there for three years and focused relentlessly on grasping the science and art of architecture. After his tenure with Tolan & Sons he moved on to the firm of H.W. Matson for another three and half years to master his skills before he set off to start his own firm. His hard work and fortitude in his professionalism allowed him to establish his own firm in January 2nd, 1889. His unqualified success and his skilled abilities led him to design and supervise many public and private buildings in Fort Wayne Indiana. He died in 1949 and was buried in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery Fort Wayne Indiana.

John M. E. Riedel 1865-1949


Notable Structures Designed by John M. E. Riedel

  1. The Trinity Lutheran Church edifice
  2. The parochial school of St. Paul Lutheran Church
  3. H.A. Duemling
  4. Centlivre Hotel-demolished
  5. Lyric Theatre-demolished
  6. 1014 S. Calhoun Street. Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  7. Strand Theatre-demolished Also known as the Empress Theatre served as a movie theater until 1926
  8. A. L. & Irene Riegel House, Craftsman, c. 1904. 620 Main St. Fort Wayne, IN
  9. St. Paul School. Tudor Revival, c.1913. 1225 S. Barr St, Fort Wayne, IN
  10. Concordia Evangelical Lutheran School. Queen Anne/Romanesque. 1820 Alliger St. Fort Wayne, IN
  11. Harry A. Keplinger House, Romanesque/Queen Anne, 1893. 235 W. Creighton Ave. Fort Wayne, IN

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Further Reading

  1. Griswold, B. J. Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana ; a Review of Two Centuries of Occupation of the Region about the Head of the Maumee River ; Also the Story of the Townships of Allen County by Mrs. Samuel R. Taylor. Volume 2 Chicago, 1917. 471-472
  5. Group, Books. American Architect and Architecture Volume 75. S.l.: Rarebooksclub, 2012. 53

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