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Lewis J. (or Louis J.) Cohen appears in Philadelphia city directories from 1925 through 1935. For most of that time he lists himself as an engineer, but in 1929 he notes that he is an architect at 1015 Chestnut Street. In 1930 the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide notes that he is moving his office to 1301 Real Estate Trust Building.

Cohen developed a specialty in apartment buildings. Philadelphia city building permits record work on four apartment houses in 1929: the Sheldrake (4901-4925 Spruce Street), Farragut Hall Apartments (4618-1622 Chester Avenue), Dorset Apartments (4712 Locust Street), and Locust Towers (4815 Locust Street). From this list it is apparent that Cohen benefitted from the move west in Philadelphia.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

 

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