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Carl B. Zilenziger appears in the Philadelphia city directories from 1885 to 1935/36 as an architect. At one time he worked for Horace Trumbauer, and he did engage in a short-lived partnership with Leroy B. Rothschild during the years 1907/08. He is perhaps better known, however, as a Philadelphia City Architect who was employed after the death of W. Bleddyn Powell in 1910, and whose tenure came to an end as the result of the revelation of the contracts for police and fire stations being dispersed to contractors in a fraudulent manner. Although Zilenziger was not personally implicated in this practice, and Director of Public Safety during the Reyburn administration Henry Clay was the object of both criminal and civil suits, Zilenziger was also removed from office. John P. B. Sinkler eventually was named City Architect in Zilenziger's place. By 1929 Zilenziger was employed in the Philadelphia Department of City Transit and continued in the employ of the City at least through 1935/36.

Zilenziger became a junior member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1892.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

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