David B. Bassett, the son of Walter S. and Emma S. Bassett, was born in New Jersey and attended the Bacon Academy in Woodstown, NJ before high school in Swedesboro. By 1902 he is listed in Hendrick's Commercial Register of the United States as an architect in Bassett, NJ. By the school year 1902/03, however, he had enrolled in architectural design courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and as early as 1904 was employed as a draftsman by Edward P. Simon, later progressing to head draftsman and, finally, to full partner in the firm of Simon & Bassett around 1905. By 1919, however, Bassett was working independently; and he maintained this status throughout the duration of his career. His final listing in Philadelphia city directories occurs in 1930.
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