This office represents the efforts of two alumni of Furness, Evans & Co.. The firm was immediately successful in the field of residential design, building upon the efforts of Charles Willing, who had begun some independent design work while still with the Furness office. Soon their residential design populated the attractive Chestnut Hill neighorhood with the B. F. Pepper residence, plus alterations to the homes of John H. Packard, Arthur E. Newbold, Charles Platt, and Emily Barclay. In their first year they also completed alterations for the Western Saving Fund Society in Philadelphia. In 1920 their efforts in altering residences in Chestnut Hill continued with work on the Hamilton Disston, Henry I. Laughlin, and George Willing residences.
Although succeeded in 1921 by the more visible Willing, Sims & Talbutt office, Willing & Sims established the format which the later office would also use: Colonial Revival and revivals of French and English-influenced styles, including the popular Cotswold and Norman Farmhouse which would appear so often in Chestnut Hill.
Sandra L. Tatman.
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