After stuying art history in Berlin he studied architecture in Wrocław, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. After short peroids working for the municipalities of Stuttgart and Leipzig, he worked between 1914-25 for the building authority of the municipality of Chemnitz. There he opened in 1925 a private architecture office and created a lot of building in Chemnitz in its surroundings. He got into conflict with the Nazis in the 1930s and was sentenced to prison. The reason given was homosexuality. This could have been a pretext for imprisoning him, at least he was officially married to Anneliese Wagner-Poltrock (1890-1969), née Wildeman. She worked as a landscape and flower painter, as well as an embroiderer and bookbinding artist. In 1952 he/they moved to West-Germany.