Henry Lowenfeld in Polish, Henryk Loewenfeld, (1859���1931) was a Polish-born British entrepreneur and theatrical impresario. He founded the Kops Brewery, the UK's first UK brewer of non-alcoholic beer, built London's Apollo Theatre, and a luxury hotel on the Isle of Wight.
He was born in Warsaw, the son of a tycoon, Emanuel Loewenfeld and his wife, Rose, who were said to own the town of Chrzanów on the Silesian border. He emigrated to England in the early 1880s, "with about $10 in his pocket". His childhood home at ul. Mickiewicza 13, Chrzanów, Poland is now the Irena and Mieczysław Mazaraki Museum.
In 1890, Lowenfeld built the Kops Brewery, the UK's first producer of non-alcoholic beer in Townmead Road, Fulham, London. The name of the brewery is thought to have been based on the word "hops". In December 2014, the renovated building received a blue plaque from the Hammersmith & Fulham Historic Buildings Group, stating: Kops brewed non-alcoholic ales and stouts on an eight-acre site and exported its products throughout the British Empire".
In a letter of 1906 to Siegfried Trebitsch, George Bernard Shaw wrote that Lowenfeld had "made a lot of money in a lucky railway speculation", and used it to enter theatre management, mostly "musical comedy of the vulgarest kind", but that soon after building the Apollo Theatre, he "came to grief and vanished, much discredited". Shaw advised Trebitsch, "You had better not have anything to do with him in the way of business". Shaw also noted that he told Lowenfeld that he was "born to play Napoleon in my Man of Destiny ", and "I rather liked him, in fact". Lowenfeld actually made his fortune from renovating theatres and not from railways. He used the money he made to buy an estate back in Poland.
He married Alice Evans. Their elder daughter, Helena Rosa Wright (1887–1982) was a doctor and a pioneer in birth control and family planning and their younger daughter, Margaret Lowenfeld (1890–1973), also a medical doctor, became a pioneer in child psychology and Play therapy. The two daughters were both sent to a Froebel kindergarten and brought up in the Church of England, while the influence of Poland remained important in their childhood and beyond. Both of them attended Cheltenham Ladies College. Lowenfeld's wife was known as a successful society hostess, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1902.
He died in Paris in 1931.
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