T. Mitchell Hastings was born in Philadelphia, the son of Robert E. and Emily Mitchell Hastings. He was educated in the school headed by John F. Forsythe at 1911 Rittenhouse Square and later at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. In 1898 he graduated with his B.S. in Architecture from Harvard University's Lawrence Scientific School. He spent five months in the Atelier Lambert in Paris, France, and then returned to Philadelphia, where he received his office training from two years spent in the firm of T.P. Chandler. In 1901-1902 Hastings operated as an independent architect, but in 1903 he was joined by Arthur H. Brockie in the firm of Brockie & Hastings, with offices at 328 Chestnut Street. That firm was dissolved following World War I.
Hastings moved to California and by 1922 was established in a new firm with Winsor Soule and John Frederick Murphy under the name Soule, Murphy & Hastings in Santa Barbara, CA. In 1925 Hastings became the heir to a fortune left to him by his father which enabled him to retire from the architectural profession and devote himself to watercolor painting. He moved to New York in 1927 but divided the last twelve years of his life between Boston, MA and Contoocook, N.H.
Hastings joined the national AlA in 1902 and during his time in California was a member of the Allied Architectural Association of Los Angeles. In addition to his time in Paris following graduation from Harvard, Hastings undertook four extensive European tours and was stationed in Europe during World War I.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Rittenhouse Club
- Allied Architectural Association of Los Angeles
- Society of the Cincinnati
- Ecole des Beaux-Arts
- Harvard University
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