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Born: 12/6/1904, Died: 8/27/1979

H. Martyn Kneedler (Jr.) was born in Philadelphia, the son of Alice Harding and Henry M. Kneedler, and graduated from Chestnut Hill Academy. Before studying architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Kneedler earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 1925. While at Penn, Kneedler won second place in the Paul Philippe Cret competition and a bronze medal in the Arthur Spayd Brooke Memorial Prize, both in the academic year 1928-1929, and 1st Medal from the Beaux Arts Institute of Design for his Class A Project, "A Masonic Temple" in 1929. Kneedler also won a scholarship to the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts in France for study in the summer of that same year. Kneedler earned a diploma from his studies at Fontainebleau, and completed his B.Arch. at Penn in 1929 and an M.Arch. in 1930.

Kneedler worked as a field engineer for the Arey-Hauser Co. between 1930 and 1931. He then entered the office of Zantzinger & Borie, where he was a draftsman from 1931 to 1933 (and where his future partner, C. Clark Zantzinger was employed in his father's firm) and moved to the offices of Willing, Sims & Talbutt, working as an associate between 1933 and 1934. In 1935, Kneedler and Penn contemporary Zantzinger formed a partnership; they were joined by Henry D. Mirick in 1937. Kneedler retired from practice around 1970.

Kneedler joined the national AIA in 1936. He was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard between 1927 and 1934, and was a major in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was a member of the board of the City Parks Association, a private organization, between 1933 and 1950. He was also a director of the Bethesda Home, the Preston Hospital and of Hope Lodge.

Written by Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Philadelphia First City Troop
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Rittenhouse Club
  • Philadelphia Club
  • University Barge Club

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts
  • Princeton University


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