Ernest O. Brostrom
Ernest O. Brostrom (1888-1969) was a respected Kansas City architect known especially for his church designs. He had no formal training in the field of architecture, and he began his career in 1907 as a draftsman with the Eisentraut-Colby-Pottenger Company Architects, in Sioux City, Iowa. Brostrom came to Kansas City that same year to help the firm establish another office. At 23 years old, he established his own office in Kansas City. Brostrom became a great admirer of the Chicago School and the work of Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.
As the economy of the Midwest declined in the 1920s so did Brostrom’s church commissions. In 1927 he diversified his practice by organizing and becoming president of Con Tee Company, which made products for use in reinforced concrete construction. Though Brostrom continued to work on some individual projects out of his home he never returned to the same level of success that he had attained before the 1920’s. One of Brostrom’s last projects was for the St. Stephen Baptist Church.
In the mid-1960s Brostrom retired to Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 28, 1969.
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Entry: Brostrom, Ernest O.
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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Date Created: January 2013
Date Modified: March 2013
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