After studying at Harvard University, Fritz Trautmann moved to Rochester in the early years of the twentieth century to make his living as a landscape architect. With its parks, nurseries, and fine residences, Rochester offered a wealth of opportunities for work. Trautmann was instrumental in his work for two important developments in Rochester, Brightford Heights and Concrest, the innovative concrete housing development in East Rochester designed by his friend, entrepreneur Kate Gleason.
Trautmann spent years seeking alternative outlets for his creative spirit and his love for color, painting, and philosophy; he ultimately found his calling as a teacher. Over the course of almost fifty years, he became a Rochester treasure, teaching painting and color theory to generations of students at both the Mechanics Institute (now Rochester Institute of Technology) and the Memorial Art Gallery’s Creative Workshop.