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Alexander Mackie Adams was born in Philadelphia and educated in the Philadelphia public schools, graduating from Central High School in 1899. After high school he entered the University of Pennsylvania and received his B.S. in Architecture in 1904. While at the University, Adams received several awards for his work, including two commendations during third-year design. Following graduation, Adams worked as a draftsman for Herbert C. Wise in an office at 1012 Walnut Street, an address shared in 1906 by Adin B. Lacey, William Woodburn Potter, and John Hall Rankin, along with the firm of Rankin, Kellogg & Crane. In 1908 and 1909 Adams associated with Lacey in the short-lived Lacey & Adams. Adams's earliest documented design is for the estate of Alba B. Johnson in Rosemont, PA, and this project is an indication of his future career in which residential designs in the suburbs of Philadelphia will dominate.
Adams joined the T-Square Club in 1904, and he was a member of the T-Square library and membership committees in 1907/08. By 1906 he is listed as a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.
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- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Philadelphia Sketch Club
- T-Square Club
- University of Pennsylvania
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