Andrew Funk

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As a boy, Andrew George Funk enjoyed sketching the animals and the landscape of his birthplace, ::Aaker, Bornholm, Denmark. He also spoke five languages.
When he was 16 years old, Andrew emigrated to Utah and worked as a sheepherder in the Promontory Point and Willard Peak areas. He earned enough money to bring his older brother Chris to Utah. Both had carpentry skills, and it was their responsibility to provide housing for their parents and siblings when they arrived in Brigham City. They also made coffins for $25 a piece.
During this time, Andrew enrolled in an international correspondence school and later won a scholarship to pursue an Engineering Degree in Architecture. After completing his education, he and Carson F. Wells, Jr. opened an office on Main Street. They designed many homes, businesses, and schools as well as the town’s fire station and court house. The court house is still in use.
When the court house was under construction, Andrew was sent on a mission to Aarhus, Denmark. While he was there, a new law was enacted in Utah that required architects to be licensed. When Andrew arrived home, the deadline had passed for obtaining a license without paying a fee and taking a test. Since Andrew was broke, he supported his family for awhile as the scribe for the Utah State Senate. He had beautiful penmanship. Andrew went into the construction business a few years later. The pioneer died ::August 19, 1950.

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Andrew Funk (Utah Center for Architecture)
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