Interior of Central Synagogue
New York Mutual Life Insurance Company Building, top three floors added later designed by Philip Roos

Henry Fernbach (1829-1883)[1] was an architect in New York City. Born in Breslau in Germany, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1848[2] or in 1855.[3]

Fernbach was a Prussian Jew,[3] and trained at the Bauakademie in Berlin.[4] He is noted for his synagogue designs, mainly in the Moorish Revival architecture style,[3] and for his cast iron facades. Between 1867 and 1883 Fernbach designed more than two dozen of the properties now contributing to the SoHo - Cast Iron Historic District.[5]

He served as Treasurer of the United Association of American Architect.[2] Alfred Zucker and Theodore de Lemos partnered with him. Paul J. Pelz worked as a chief draftsman for him. He designed the German Savings Bank with Edward H. Kendall.



  1. ^ "Henry Fernbach". Philadelphia Buildings. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Passikoff, Alexander G. (September 8, 2011). A Façade of Buildings: A Collection of Architectural Styles, Architects, and Their Buildings That Make Up the Face of New York pp. 82–83
  3. ^ a b c Henry Fernbach New York Architecture
  4. ^ a b Bedoire, Fredric. The Jewish Contribution to Modern Architecture, 1830-1930 pp. 425–426.
  5. ^ "NRHP Nomination Form, SoHo Cast Iron Historic District". US Dept of Interior. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ The New Jewish Orphan Asylum October 29, 1863
  7. ^ Temple Emanu-El
  8. ^ Temple Emanu-El image
  9. ^ a b c White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot; Leadon, Fran. AIA Guide to New York City.
  10. ^ "New York Mutual Life Insurance Company Building, 1001-1005 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA". Library of Congress. Retrieved 5 August 2018.