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Born: 10/27/1892, Died: 11/1/1950

Sylvester L. Smith was born in Cleveland, OH, to Sylvester and Katherine (Neumann) Smith. He received his degree in civil engineering at the Case School of Applied Science in 1916 before moving to Philadelphia, enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania and receiving his B.S. in Architecture in 1927. Even before his graduation, Smith had begun acquiring practical training in architecture, working for Alfred W. Harris in Cleveland in 1921-22, Walker & Weeks (Cleveland) in 1924, and Paul P. Cret in Philadelphia beginning in 1925. He continued with the Cret firm until 1937, only taking some time to work for Zantzinger, Borie & Medary in 1931. In 1937 Smith moved on to the architectural engineering and construction firm of Day & Zimmermann, where he was chief architect until 1945. In 1946 Smith launched his own firm, with offices in the Broad Street Station, but at the time of his death he was chief architect for United Engineers and Constructors, Inc.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Case School of Applied Science (Cleveland)


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