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Heinigke and Bowen
Brooklyn, New York

Date of Birth: 09/23/1850

Date of Death: 07/01/1915

Biography: A first generation American, the young Otto Heinigke was schooled in the all the traditional methods of art. His father, trained in Germany as miniature painter, surely influenced his son’s vocation. After studying at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Heinigke took up easel painting, intending it to be his life work. However, upon his father’s death, he assumed the senior Heinigke’s design position at the Hartford Carpet Company. He never wholly gave up his hope of someday returning to a career in painting pictures, and much of his leisure time was devoted to painting nature and still life.

In the early 1880s he joined the firm of Roger Riordan, a stained glass window maker successfully competing with the popular Munich painted windows. He was deeply influenced as a painter and glass designer by John La Farge. In 1890 he formed his own stained-glass studio with Owen J. Bowen, a former associate of both Tiffany and La Farge. In a short time, Heinigke and Bowen numbered among its clients the pre-eminent architects of the day; producing scores of stained glass windows cycles and mosaic tile floors and ceilings for some of the most important buildings at the turn of the century. Upon Heinigke’s death, his son Otto Weir Heinigke continued the firm as Heinigke and Smith, and it enjoyed comparable success until its ultimate demise in the mid-1950s.

Designers:

     Heinigke, Otto
     Bowen, Owen J.
     Heinigke, Otto Weir