Ca. 1907. Wilhelm (Willy) Carl Emil Legler (1902-1960)Margarethe (Grete) Julie Legler-Schindler (1881-1942) and her mother in law Adele Kohler.

c. 1907. Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951)Margarethe (Grete) Julie Legler-Schindler (1881-1942) and Wilhelm (Willy) Carl Emil Legler (1902-1960).

Relation to Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Son of a half-sister of his wife (nephew of Alma Mahler)

  • Marriage: unknown.
  • Wife: unknown
  • Address: IX Berggasse No. 9, Vienna, Austria.
  • Children: unknown
  • Profession: Architect (interior design) in Vienna.
  • Died: 00-00-1960. Location? Aged 58.
  • Buried: 12-10-1960 Central cemetery (41A-G2-7), Vienna, Austria. Legler family grave.

Also: Willie, Willy Legler. His baptismal names first refer to his father, step-grandfather and grandfather (Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (1861-1945) and Jakob Emil Schindler (1842-1892)).

Having attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, Wilhelm (Willy) Carl Emil Legler (1902-1960) studied under Peter Behrens and Clemens Holzmeister at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna from 1925 to 1929.

1927. Letter by Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (1861-1945) probably about Wilhelm (Willy) Carl Emil Legler (1902-1960). “Lieber Freund. Unser Bub ist nun glücklich am Galitzinberg als Volontär eingespannt. Dein Compagnon Herr Ing. Wilhelm war sehr liebenswürdig und hat mir versprochen den Jungen so zu beschäftigen, dass er praktisch lernen kann. Nun ist’s an ihm zu reiten – in den Sattel habt ihr ihn gesetzt; dafür danke ich Dir aus vollem Herzen. Deiner lieben Frau und Dir alles herzliche von uns allen. Im September werde ich Dich quälen mir einmal eine Stunde auf der Hohen Warte zu schenken. Dein getreuer Carl Moll”.

At the Vienna Werkbund Estate, Wilhelm (Willy) Carl Emil Legler (1902-1960) designed the interior of house no. 11 by Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956). Wilhelm Legler planned residential buildings, ski huts, the reconstruction of the Schlossgärtnerei Schönbrunn;

During the Nazi period, he built boarding schools, training and youth hostels, and youth hostels. After the war he built the Hans-Weber-Hof in 1959-1960 for the municipality of Vienna.

After the end of the second war, Alma Mahler (1879-1964) learned that her stepfather, Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (1861-1945), and her half-sister and her brother-in-law, Maria Eberstaller-Moll (1899-1945) and Richard Eberstaller (1887-1945), who had all been supporters of Nazi ideology, had died by their own initiative, in a murder-suicide pact, as Russian troops were entering Vienna. (Alma’s mother, Anna Sofie Moll-Schindler-Bergen (1857-1938), had died in 1938, after Alma’s flight from Vienna.)

Alma began to correspond with her nephew Wilhelm (Willy) Carl Emil Legler (1902-1960) (her half-sister Grete’s son) in Vienna, who attended to a variety of matters on her behalf, including the taking of inventory at her two houses, the ordering of repairs, and the mediation of legal matters. Her house on the Hohe Warte (Hohe Warte district map) had been extensively damaged by allied bombing during the war.

1946-1949. Envelopes of letters of Alma Mahler (1879-1964) to Wilhelm (Willy) Carl Emil Legler (1902-1960).

In 1951, he became a member of the Künstlerhaus in Vienna. His last work is thought to have been the research reactor in the Prater, a collaborative project with the architect Fritz Purr that was not completed until after Legler’s death. Interior design house (by Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), Veitingergasse 85, Vienna, Austria.


Mainly concerns a variety of caretaking matters pertaining to Alma Mahler’s 2 residences in Austria, and papers and other belongings, all of which had fallen to the care of her half-sister Maria Eberstaller and her stepfather, Carl Moll, after Alma and Franz Werfel (1890-1945) were forced to flee Austria in 1938; the matters covered include taking inventory and investigating the whereabouts of various items, assessing damage to property, and providing for repairs.

Legler also reports to Alma about tasks he undertakes on her behalf in connection with the legal claims that Alma was raising for the restitution of property. Legler’s letter to Walter Gropius (1883-1969) concerns the upkeep of Manon Gropius (1916-1935)‘s grave and encloses a diagram of the gravesite.

The letter from Lauer reports on his work in laying bare and assessing the condition of a wall painting by Kokoschka in Alma Mahler’s house in Breitenstein. Legler’s letter to Hirsch concerns the retrieval from S. Fischer Verlag of documents pertaining to Alma’s payments for repairs to her house in Vienna (the publishing company had mediated the payments).

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