Charles Louis Borie, III, was born into an architectural dynasty in Philadelphia. His father was a principal in one of Philadelphia's largest and most prolific early twentieth-century offices, Zantzinger, Borie & Medary. The young Borie was born in Philadelphia and attended Episcopal Academy from 1903 to 1907; he then followed family tradition and was enrolled in St. Paul's School, Concord, NH, from 1907 to 1913. After graduation he entered the University of Pennsylvania, where he was granted the B.S. in Architecture in 1917. Immediately swept up in World War I, Borie served as a lieutenant in the Coast Artillery in France; and when he returned to Philadelphia, he chose to gain office experience in the firm of John T. Windrim, then one of the premier Beaux-Arts-influenced offices in Philadelphia. He worked in the Windrim office only from 1919 to 1920 and then transferred to Day & Klauder from 1920-1921. By 1926, however, he had become a junior partner in his father's firm, staying with the enterprise through the change in name to Zantzinger & Borie following the death of Milton B. Medary in 1929. In 1951 the name again changed, this time to Borie & Smith, with Arthur T. Smith. Borie retired from active practice in 1959.
Borie joined the AIA in 1926.
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