Eugene DeRosa, architect of the Apollo Theatre
Eugene DeRosa, architect of the Apollo Theatre, was my uncle, my father’s older brother. He was born in the Calabria region of Italy in 1894. He emigrated to the United States with his parents sometime between 1894 and 1898. They arrived through Ellis Island and settled in New York. The Depression ruined the family fortunes. I do not know what Eugene did after.
My father was born in 1898 in New York. He was named Felix, although he went by the name of Phil. My father also became an architect and worked with his brother Eugene. I would strongly suggest that he also worked on the Apollo, although not to the extent to gain any official credit. During the Depression, he sold insurance for Prudential, returning to practice architecture during the War and after until his death. He settled in Chappaqua, New York, where he met my mother, marrying at the age of 48.
There were three other brothers and a sister. One of the other brothers was my uncle Jerry DeRosa. He had some kind of management position with the Loews State Theatres. My uncle Eugene and my father designed a number of the theaters for that chain along with other theatres in New York during the 1920’s.
Eugene DeRosa died, I believe, in 1942. My uncle Jerry died in 1947. My father died in 1955 just before my seventh birthday.
I do have some contact with Eugene’s son, Robert DeRosa who would be my first cousin and the product of Eugene’s first marriage. There was a second son who died in the 1980’s, I believe. I hope to see Robert this August and learn more. After Eugene’s first wife died in the 1930’s, he remarried and gave birth to a third son, Richard, also my first cousin, whom I have never met.
If anyone reading this knows anything more about Eugene, Phil (Felix), or Jerry DeRosa, I would be extremely appreciative
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