August Geiger (architect)

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August Geiger
BuildingsDade County Courthouse
Miami City Hospital

August Geiger (September 2, 1887[1] - 1968) was one of the most prominent American architects in South Florida from 1905 to the late 1940s. He experimented in Mission, Neo-Renaissance and Art Deco architecture, but is most noted for his works in the Mediterranean Revival style. A number of his works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Geiger's notice for services

Geiger was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Margaretha (Rettenmeyer) Geiger and Louis Geiger, a manufacturer of moldings and other fine woodwork for interior decoration. He was educated at the city's public schools, and completed his studies at Boardman's Manual Training School. Showing a talent for drawing and design, he determined to be an architect and secured a position in a New Haven firm. In 1905, Geiger moved to Miami, where he had vacationed with his family since around 1899, and worked at a local architectural firm for 6 years.[2] The 10th registered architect in Florida, he opened his own firm in 1911, and in 1915 opened a second office in Palm Beach. He worked for Carl Fisher on various construction projects in Miami Beach, and was appointed architect for the Dade County School Board.[3] In 1915 he married Ruth Hinson.[4]

Some of his projects[edit]

Dade County Courthouse, 1925

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Florida Editors 1925 p. 349
  2. ^ August Geiger -- Men of the South 1922; Florida Heritage Collection
  3. ^ "August Geiger, architect of Miami Beach High School". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  4. ^ Florida Editors 1925 p. 349
  • Klepser, Carolyn & Parks, Arva Moore, Miami Then and Now (Then & Now) (Thunder Bay Press; 2002); ISBN 978-1-57145-852-0
  • Barbara Baer Capitman, Deco Delights: Preserving the Beauty and Joy of Miami Beach Architecture (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1988)
  • Armbruster; Kleinberg; Florida Architecture and Allied Arts, 1939, 1940, 1941; Curl; Works Progress Administration
  • Patricia Gabriel, The Villagers’’ Book of Outstanding Homes of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.: University of Miami Press, 1975
  • Florida Editors Association, The Book of Florida (No place); James O. Jones, 1925

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