Clarence E. Wunder was born in Philadelphia, the son of Otto and Katherine (Dirks) Wunder. After graduating from Central Manual Training School, in 1905 he entered the office of his uncle Kurt W. Peuckert, a specialist in brewery and industrial architecture. By 1910 he had been elevated to the status of partner and the office name revised to Peuckert & Wunder. According to Who Was Who in America, Wunder became independent of that firm in 1914; however, projects for the partnership continue to appear in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide through 1920; and independent projects for Wunder begin after those listings and the disappearance of Kurt W. Peukert from the Philadelphia city directories. Wunder maintained the interest in industrial design which his uncle had begun, but he added significant numbers of apartment houses and stores to the list. Chief among his works are the Bonwit Teller Department Store Building (17th and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia), Allen Department Store (Chelten Avenue, Germantown, Philadelphia), and the Pennsylvania Hotel.
Wunder joined the AIA in 1921.
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