[Mellor & Meigs Office,
Juniper street, Philadelphia, PA]
Mellor, Meigs & Howe
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Established in 1906 by two men from the office of T.
P. Chandler, this firm represents one of the best examples of
the successful early twentieth-century architectural firm devoted to
residential design in Philadelphia. New partners Walter
Mellor and Arthur
I. Meigs set up their first office in the Lafayette Building in
Philadelphia. Almost immediately successful, Mellor & Meigs
became well-known for their designs of clubs and private residences.
Their early work included the more modest homes developed by the
Lower Merion Realty Co., as well as large-scale undertakings such as
the Princeton Charter Club, Princeton, NJ (1913) and alterations to
the Pickering Hunt Club in Phoenixville, PA (1911). Familial and
social associations played a large role in the clientele of Mellor
& Meigs. From the Mellor connections came several houses for Phi
Gamma Delta, Mellor's fraternal affiliation, and academic buildings
for Haverford College, his alma mater. Directly related to the Meigs
family are several residences, along with commissions performed for
the Browning family.
In 1916 Mellor & Meigs were joined by Ecole-trained George
Howe, late of Furness, Evans & Co. However, World War I
almost immediately pulled Howe away, and his influence cannot be
said to be felt in Mellor,
Meigs & Howe before 1919. When Howe resigned from the firm
in 1928, the remaining partners returned to the name Mellor &
Meigs and returned to their comfortable residential practice.
After the death of Walter Mellor in 1940, Arthur I. Meigs
continued the work of the firm, associating with Edward
Written by Sandra L. Tatman.
- Haverford College
- Princeton University
- University of Pennsylvania
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