Emil Praeger
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Emil Praeger

Emil H. Praeger (1882 – October 16, 1973) was an American architect and civil engineer.


He was born in 1882.

Praeger graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1915.[1] He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, after which he spent time at the architectural office of Bertram Goodhue and the New York City engineering firm Madigan-Hyland.[2]

In 1934, as chief engineer for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, Praeger surveyed all New York City parks. Under director Robert Moses, Praeger created architectural drawings, descriptions, and photographs for every park that the city owned.[3] He also acted as head of the civil engineering department at RPI from 1939-1946.

During World War II, Praeger served in the US Navy, and he eventually reached the rank of captain. He developed the original design of the concrete floating breakwater - known as "Phoenix" - for the Invasion of Normandy.[1]

Praeger served as consulting engineer on the White House renovations in 1949.[4]

He died on October 16, 1973.

Selected work


  1. ^ a b "Emil H. Praeger". RPI Alumni Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Wolf, Donald E. (2010). Crossing the Hudson: Historic Bridges and Tunnels of the River. Rutgers University Press. p. 180. ISBN 9780813547084.
  3. ^ "Green Spaces and Moody Places". The Brooklyn Historical Society Blog RSS [Brooklyn Historical Society Blog. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Walter O'Mally History". Retrieved 2011.

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