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(Beryl Price, 10/1931)
Mr. & Mrs. Beryl Price Collection, Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
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Born: 11/30/1910, Died: 12/18/1978

Born in Philadelphia and a product of South Philadelphia High School for Boys, Beryl Price was the son of David and Fannie (Bearint) Price. He received his B.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1933, but had begun studying architecture in high school. Price's practical training began in the office of Simon & Simon (1928-1930) and also with Philip H. Johnson (1931-1933). During the lean years of the Depression, Price found employment outside of architectural offices: first for the Pennsylvania State Rehabilitation Bureau (1933-6) working with the disabled, and then with the Nevins Drug Company, designing and supervising all building projects for this store chain (1936-7). In 1936 he was awarded a teaching certificate by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Education and the City of Philadelphia for high school vocational architectural training, although he is not known to have pursued this line of work. In 1938, he launched his own architectural office.

During World War II, Price served on the War Production Board's Construction Division as a Senior Engineer, supervising and approving material requests. After the war, Price resumed his practice in Philadelphia, and eventually would maintain offices in Philadelphia, Florida and New Jersey.

Price was active in the profession and in many organizations. He joined the national AIA in 1942, and was named a fellow in 1961. He chaired that organization's Chapter Affairs Commission in the early 1950s, and was the Philadelphia Chapter's first Vice President in 1951. He was also a member of the RIBA, of the Architectural League of New York, and of the Gray's Ferry Community Council. In addition, he was on the board of the mid-Atlantic region Anti-Defamation League, was a member of the Foreign Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Jewish War Veterans.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman, and Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Philadelphia Art Alliance
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Pennsylvania Society of Architects
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Architectural League of New York

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania


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