Though he won a fellowship to the American Academy in Rome in 1916,
Jennewein grew up in the applied arts and had immigrated to America only five years
earlier to begin a career in architectural sculpture, which his incredible talent allowed him
to learn on-the-job. He was at the top of this profession, allowing him to work on the few projects
available during the depression of the 1930's and after the triumph of Modernism during the 1950's.