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Born: 1872, Died: 1944

Robeson Lea Perot was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, the son of Joseph Sansom and Sallie Ann (Lea) Perot. He graduated from the Germantown Academy in 1888 and entered the University of Pennsylvania, leaving there in 1894. (Perot's Philadelphia Chapter, AIA, application states that he did not finish his degree, but he is listed with the Class of 1894 in the Book of the School of 1934.) He then apprenticed with another Germantown architect, Mantle Fielding, Jr., for about two years and then spent six months with William L. Price. In 1895 the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide reported that Perot had opened offices at 1416-18 Chestnut Street in the Haseltine Building. Although he did practice for a few years independently, by 1900 he had established the firm of Perot & Bissell with his cousin Elliston Perot Bissell. This partnership lasted only four years, with Perot returning to private practice in 1904 and Bissell, after a brief attempt at working alone, establishing Bissell & Sinkler. By 1909 Perot could announce his new office address: 26 South 15th Street (Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide announcement). Both alone and within the efforts of Perot & Bissell, Perot designed a number of residences for the DuPont family of Delaware. (His first wife had been Eleanor Ball DuPont.)

Perot became a member of the T-Square Club in 1891 and also belonged to the AIA, the Germantown Historical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Huguenot Society of America, the Sons of The Revolution, and Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He at one time served as secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Public Schools of Germantown.

During World War I Perot served as a major in the U.S. Army, and he retained his Army ties the remainder of his life, eventually attaining the rank of colonel. During his later years he also published several monographs reflecting his life-long interest in the genealogy of the Perot-Lea families and the history of the Germantown Academy.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP)
  • Sons of the Revolution
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • T-Square Club
  • Germantown Historical Society
  • Hugenot Society of America
  • Phi Kappa Sigma

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Germantown Academy


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