Albert Clauss

Born: 8/23/1906, Died: 6/8/1998

Biography from the American Architects and Buildings database PAB website

Born in Munich, Germany, Alfred Clauss received his equivalent of a Bachelors in Architecture from the Munich Technical Architectural School in 1926. Clauss is reported to have worked on the famous German Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe at the Barcelona Exposition of 1929. After his arrival in the the United States in 1930, Clauss became a designer with Howe & Lescaze, working on the landmark PSFS Building at 12th and Market streets in Philadelphia. In 1931 Clauss organized the "Salon des Refuses" for architects who found themselves excluded from the annual Architectural League of New York exhibition; and, while still with the Howe firm, he associated briefly with another member of the firm George Daub in the office of Clauss & Daub, an office which exhibited both at the "Salon des Refuses" and in the show of Modern Architecture held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1932, and immortalized in the Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson International Style catalogue.
From 1934 to 1945 Clauss was in Tennessee, working for the Tennessee Valley Authority as Architect in Charge of Housing. While in Tennessee, he and his wife Jane West Clauss collaboratively designed "Little Switzerland", a group of slit-level houses in the suburbs of Knoxville. Before returning to Philadelphia, he joined George Howe at Yale University, directing thesis students. In 1948, he began working as an architectural associate and later partner of Gilboy & O'Malley, engineers, in Philadelphia. In 1954, the firm re-formed to establish Gilboy, Bellante & Clauss. Within about two years, it became Bellante & Clauss. By 1962, the firm had offices in Philadelphia, Scranton, Phoenix, AZ, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This firm was succeeded by Bellante, Clauss, Miller & Nolan, architects, engineers, planners. In 1956 Clauss also opened an office under his own name in Trenton, NJ, which later became Clauss & Nolan, architects and engineers. His wife was a participating associate in this office. This firm and the others appear to have operated concurrently. Clauss was at the head of the design division of the Bellante & Clauss and its successors until his retirement in 1981.

Clauss joined the AIA in 1946 and was also a member of the Philadelphia Chapter, where he chaired the yearbook, exhibition, art and architcture committees and organized the hospitality committee for the national convention held in Philadelphia.
Written by Emily T. Cooperman, and Sandra L. Tatman.

Clauss Personal Residence

adjacent  Peter Clauss house in association with father Albert Clauss


Overview of Philadelphia Area Mid-Century Modern Residential Architecture  (below on this page)   Photo overview   followed by brief written overview of Philadelphia mid-century architects  .

Time Line  of area modern homes from 1930's to today
 Mid-Century Modern Homes
Architects Who Designed Mid-Century Modern Homes in the Philadelphia Region    
 photographs of the regional homes designed by each architect are included
 Allan Berkowitz  Louis Kahn  George Nakashima
 Edward Bernstein  Vincent Kling  Richard Neutra
 Robert Bishop  Thaddeus Longstreth  Norman Rice
Frank Boyer  William Lescaze  Paul Rudolph
 Marcel Breuer  Joel Levinson  Galen Schlosser
 Armand Carroll  Thomas Mangan  Harry Sternfeld
 Albert Clauss  Irving Maitin  Irwin Stein
 Nathan Cronheim  George Mebus  Oscar Stonorov
 George Daub  Ehrman Mitchell  Frank Weise
 Kenneth Day  Newcomb Montgomery  Frank Lloyd Wright
Agoos/ Lovera LaVardera, Greg Re:Vision Architecture
Bloomfield and Associates M. G. Leach Rosenblum, Martin
Bower Lewis Thrower Metcalfe Architecture Stanev Potts
Culbert, Doug McDonald, Tim/Onion Flats Tarantino Studio
Erdy McHenry Moto Design Shop Verner, Steven
Interface Studio QB3 Webber, Brett
Jibe Design Michael Ryan Architects Wesley Wei Architects
Kieran Timberlake Rasmussen/Su Wesley Architects
Krieger & Associates
Wyant Architecture

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