From Baltimore to D.C.

Painting of Elisabeth Adalinda Heurich, Collection of Karla Jacobsen Squier
Painting of Elisabeth Adalinda Heurich, Collection of Karla Jacobsen Squier

When Christian Heurich came to this country in 1866, he first settled in Baltimore near Fell’s Point, joining his sister Elisabeth Adalinda who was married to ship’s captain named Hermann Jacobsen.

Baltimore is also where Heurich began learning English, attending classes and translating newspapers from English to German and vice versa. Perhaps it was his close ties to Baltimore’s German-American community that led Heurich to hire Hans Schuler Sr. (1874-1951), the prolific German-American sculptor who created the Conservatory fountain sculptures that serve as a memorial to the Heurichs’ first daughter, Anna Marguerite.

Anna Marguerite, 4 months and 10 days old Featured item, Heurich House Archives
Anna Marguerite, 4 months and 10 days old
Featured item, Heurich House Archives

Having Union Craft Brewing at the Heurich House for this month’s History & Hops brings us just a little close to Schuler; if you visit Union Craft Brewing after this delicious event, you can take an extra 8 minute drive or a leisurely stroll to 7 East Lafayette Street, the site of Schuler’s former home and studio which now is a part of the Schuler School of Fine Art, a division of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). A few of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren even teach in the fine art school, too!

Hans Schüler in his studio Photo courtesy of http://www.schulerschool.com
Hans Schüler in his studio Photo courtesy of http://www.schulerschool.com

Anna Marguerite Heurich was born on December 19, 1903, and died only 9 months later on September 7, 1904 at the Heurich farm in Hyattsville, named Bellevue.

According to family lore, Anna may have been dropped as in infant, and some suspect she died of SIDS, however the real cause of her death is unknown.  Amelia never got over her daughter’s death, and believed her daughter’s spirit would visit her from time to time.

Amelia Heurich's Journal Entry from July 26, 1923 Featured item, Heurich House Collection
Amelia Heurich’s Journal Entry from July 26, 1923
Featured item, Heurich House Collection

In 1923, Amelia and Christian commissioned Schuler to create a marble memorial fountain with a bas relief design of Anna Margarite’s likeness, and a bronze statue of a small child playing with a duck.

Close up of Hans Schuler's signature on memorial sculpture
Close up of Hans Schuler’s signature on memorial sculpture

Another notable heroic sized memorial sculpted by Schuler in D.C. is located at Meridian Hill Park, The James Buchanan Memorial. You might have even walked by this sculpture a million times and never known there was a connection between this huge sculpture and our comparatively small sculpture by Schuler. Harriet Lane, Buchanan’s dedicated niece left funds in her will for a memorial to her Uncle and President, Buchanan. You can listen to more about President Buchanan’s tenure here. This is an excellent example, showing Schuler’s mastery in this art form from large to small scale.

Close up of Hans Schuler's Signature on memorial fountain
Close up of Hans Schuler’s Signature on memorial fountain

Schuler’s other works can be found along the east coast. Notable pieces in Baltimore include the Johns Hopkins Monument at JHU and the evocative Riggs Memorial.

Riggs Memorial, Baltimore, MD Photo Coursesey of MICA
Riggs Memorial, Baltimore, MD
Photo Courtesy of MICA

We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about D.C. and Baltimore local history, cheers until next month!

Erika

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