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Name:    Bonsack, Frederick C.
Profession:  Architect
Detailed Description:
Frederick C. Bonsack trained in the office of his father (also named Frederick C.)—a successful and well-connected builder turned architect who practiced from 1892 until his death in 1917. Important commissions for the senior Bonsack include the house (now razed) for Joseph and Mary Bascom on Westmoreland Place, the Lutheran church at Jefferson and Armand, the Coliseum at Jefferson and Washington (razed) and the sixteen-story Pierce Building (now the refaced Adams Mark Hotel) in downtown. After service in the Navy in World War I, young Bonsack opened his own office and, in 1921, formed Bonsack & Pearce. Harvey J. Pearce brought more than fifteen years experience to the new firm. He studied architecture at Washington University night school and at the St. Louis Architectural Club and was draftsman for Edmund Manny, Albert Groves, Eames & Young and Harry Hohenschild—becoming the latter’s partner in 1919. Pearce’s younger brother Robert later joined the firm which, after Bonsack’s death in 1953, became Pearce & Pearce and finally the Pearce Corporation.

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