Joseph D. Koecker, an architect who claimed to have been a pupil of Thomas Ustick Walter, first appears in Philadelphia city directories in 1846. There is, however, a plan for a St. Luke's Church dated 1842 and signed by Koecker as delineator among Thomas Ustick Walter's drawings at The Athenaeum; this tends to confirm the claim of an association with Walter and suggests that Koecker was professionally at work in the city prior to the establishment of his own office in 1846.
Little, however, is known of Koecker's professional activity, but it appears that he developed a concentration in Catholic church projects. Following his death, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects learned that Koecker had made a bequest to the Chapter for lecture fees, the purchase of books, plans designs, and the award of prizes. On 15 October 1889, the Birch auction house sold "the valuable architectural library and furniture of an architect's studio . . . estate of J. D. Koecker."
Roger W. Moss.
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