Anshutz, Joseph W., Assistant Architect
Local ID #: 127A
Custis, John Trevor. The Public Schools of Philadelphia, Historical, Biographical, Statistical. Philadelphia: Burk & McFetridge Co., 1897.,
The chief realm of activity for Joseph Anshutz lay in school design since he served as assistant architect for the Philadelphia Board of Public Education from 1885-1897 and as supervising architect for that Board beginning in 1897 when controversy surrounding the work of Joseph D. Austin contributed to his promotion. He continued as supervising architect until 1900.
Anshutz's training is undocumented; although he appears in the Philadelphia city directories as a draftsman first in 1882, his office address is not cited. In fact, a Joseph Anshutz had appeared as early as 1873, with various occupations noted (clerk, miller, and superintendent) before his emergence as a draftsman in 1882. He remained with the Board of Public Education until his disappearance from the city directories in 1901. Information gleaned from John T. Custis's The Public Schools of Philadelphia, Franklin D. Edmunds's The Public School Buildings of the City of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide indicates that Anshutz designed some 75 schools in the Philadelphia area.
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