MULLER, ALFRED (1855–1896). Alfred Muller, architect, was born in Krefeld, Prussia, on September 19, 1855. He received his training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. After immigrating to the United States, he worked for the Washington, D.C., architectural firm of E. H. Didden and Company. He moved to Galveston in 1886 and worked briefly for the Galveston architect Nathaniel W. Tobey, Jr., before establishing his own practice in 1887. In late 1887 Muller won a competition for his first major building project in Galveston, the Galveston City Hall (1888, demolished). Some of his other important buildings were the main building of the Sam Houston Normal School (now Sam Houston State University) at Huntsville (1890, demolished), the Calcasieu National Bank Building in Lake Charles, Louisiana (1892, demolished), the Galveston Orphans Home (1895, demolished), the Letitia Rosenberg Woman's Home, Galveston (1896), and the Telephone Building, Galveston (1896). He also designed many houses in Galveston, the two most prominent being the Trube house (1890) and the Herman Marwitz house (1894, demolished). Muller's buildings were characterized by picturesque massing, exaggerated profiles, and heavy but vigorously modeled ornamental detail.
He was a member of the Texas State Association of Architects and served as chairman of its executive committee in 1894–95. He was a parishioner of Trinity Church. Muller married Emilia Goldmann of Galveston on May 1, 1888, and they had one son and three daughters. Muller died of typhoid fever on June 29, 1896, in Galveston. He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery.
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