Obituary: Jacob Schmitt, 87

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 2:00pm

Jacob D Schmitt, 87, passed away on Saturday, June 29, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., of cardiac arrest. He was the spouse of Werner L. Feibes. Werner was also his partner in the firm of Feibes & Schmitt, Architects, since 1956, when Jacob came to Schenectady from Erie, Penn., his birthplace. In 1970, Jacob came to Block Island and fell in love with this place, where it is difficult to get out of the sight of water and where there is such a sense of’ community. Jacob acquired a site on Cooneymus Road and built a wonderful little house of great creative distinction. When an extraordinary piece of land came on the market in 1982, on Corn Neck Road, near the very lightly developed tip of the island with the most fabulous view, he could not resist. The place was called “Moon Hill” because twice each year the moon and the sun rise and set simultaneously and that, to Jacob, was magic. He spent his last two weeks there.