Born in Oxford, PA, to George Albert Fisher and Pauline Conklin Fisher, Orpheus Hodge Fisher was raised in Wilmington, DE. He graduated from Wilmington Central High School, and then in the 1920s he began a series of stints of architectural employment in Philadelphia, including Zantzinger, Medary & Borie. According to family history, he also worked for the Stanley Company, designing theaters in Philadelphia. By 1928 Fisher was employed by Heacock & Hokanson, but then he launched his own partnership. However, this Philadelphia partnership was cut short by the Great Depression, and Fisher decided to seek more architectural work in New York. By 1932 he was working for the New York City Board of Education, Bureau of Construction and Maintenance, and from 1934 to 1939 he was employed in support of the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Rather than his architectural endeavors, Fisher's personal life and his marriage to the singer Marian Anderson are often emphasized, and certainly her very successful career had an impact on his role as an architect.
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