G. J. Metzger

Another one of Buffalo’s architects that you never hear about any more… 

George J. Metzger (obituary):
Builder and Architect Dies After Heart Attack.

Col. George Metzger, 74, Buffalo architect and builder, died Saturday in his home, 200 Bidwell parkway, following a heart attack, Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon in the family residence under Masonic auspices. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

Born in Buffalo, Nov. 17, 1855, Col. Metzger was educated in the Buffalo, public schools and entered the architect’s profession at the age of 20. He quickly rose to prominence and laterorganized the Metzger Construction corporation.

The 106th armory, Schools 44 and 13., buildings of the university of Buffalo, the Federal building, [Heinhold’s Wholesale Grocery Retailer], Children’s hospital and many other structures bear evidence of his craftsmanship. He was at one time county architect.

He served 30 years in the New York National Guard, first in the old 65th Regiment, and later on the Fourth Brigade headquarters staff, He retired with the rank of colonel,.
Col. Metzger was an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and was twice president of the Buffalo chapter. He was a 33d degree Mason and a member of these organizations:

  • Buffalo Club
  • Buffalo Builders Exchange
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Automobile Club
  • Concordia Lodge of Masons, Keystone chapter, R.A. M. Buffalo consistory
  • Lake Erie, Commandery, Knights Templar
  • Ismailia temple

Surviving, are

  • His wife, Mrs. Emma Nuhn Metzger (Buffalo )
  • Four sons, George R., Harold M., Park L., and Richard J. (Buffalo )
  • Two daughters, Mrs. George E. Houck and Mrs. Harold E. Webster (Buffalo )
  • One brother, Edward (Buffalo )
  • One sister, Mrs. Otto E. Kiene (Denver)
(The Buffalo News; 12-9-29)

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