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Born: 7/14/1881, Died: 8/25/1937

Philip S. Tyre was born in Wilmington, DE, the son of James and Eliza B. Tyre. He began his career as an engineer, working with the Edgemoor Bridge Works from 1899 to 1900, the New York Shipbuildng Company, 1900-1908, and for George F. Pawling & Co., 1908 to 1913. However, from approximately 1905 through 1907 Tyre attended night classes in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and in 1913 he launched a new career as an architect. He would remain in independent practice until his sudden death in 1937, gaining a name for himself as an Art Deco architect who could also undertake engineering projects. Perhaps chief among his work is the Lasher Printing Company Building (Broad and Noble streets, Philadelphia, 1928) in Philadelphia, but Tyre also designed a considerable number of automobile showrooms in the 1920s (Packard Motor Car Building, Broad and Allegheny Avenue; Pierce Arrow Building, 1515 North Broad Street; Cadillac Building, Broad Street and Ridge Avenue), thus pioneering in a new building type.

In 1923 Tyre applied for membership in the national AIA. His nomination was supported by local architects Percy Ash, Thomas Nolan, H. Bartol Register, William Macy Stanton, and Stuart R. Smith. However, even with this long list of supporters, the nomination was not without controversy because Clarence Wunder accused Tyre of "price-cutting", of not charging fees recommended by the AIA, and therefore he charged that Tyre was not an acceptable nominee. Nonetheless, Tyre was accepted into the Institute.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Engineers Club
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia Art Club
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Union League of Philadelphia

School Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


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