Born in Philadelphia to W. Wildsmith and Elizabeth Elder Poole, Walter H. Poole graduated from Southern High School before undertaking his architectural studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his B. Arch in 1927. Even before graduation he was actively engaged in the profession. From 1925 to 1929 he worked as Draftsman and then Chief Draftsman for Frank V. Nickels. He followed that with approximately one year with Tilden, Register & Pepper, 1929-1930, but in 1930 he became Designer and Chief Draftsman for E. William Martin in Wilmington, DE. From 1930 to 1933 he was designer for Zantzinger, Borie & Medary and then in 1933 worked for Harry Sternfeld. By 1936 he was partner in Poole & Sloan, which later evolved into Davis, Poole & Sloan, and in 1939 he was involved with the Architectural Design Group No. 3 which supplied designs for public housing in Philadelphia.
In the early 1930s Poole also taught Architecture in the Philadelphia High Schools.
Poole joined the AIA in 1940. Philadelphia Chapter
Emily T. Cooperman, and
Sandra L. Tatman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Philadelphia Art Alliance
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- University of Pennsylvania
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