Carl P. Berger was born in Philadelphia, the son of the theatre and stage designer Carl P. F. Berger of Breslau, Germany. After an education in the Philadelphia public schools, Berger studied architecture at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art for the academic year 1893/94. There followed a period of apprenticeship with such architects as Augus Wade , Hazelhurst & Huckel, Harry Peale, Jr., and, finally, Horace W. Sellers, with whom he spent 1890 to 1899. In December,1899, Berger opened his own office.
A considerable part of Berger's work reflects his connection to the German community in Philadelphia. He was a member of the German Society of Pennsylvania and at one time served as president of the German Seaman's Home. German projects in his list of works include the Liederkranz Hall at 2721-27 Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, and the New German Theatre at 726 Grand Street, both in Philadelphia.
Another influence in Berger's career was his membership in the Moose Lodge. He served as treasurer of the Philadelphia Lodge for 23 years and designed the local Moose Lodge and the Campanile at the Hospital at Mooseheart, IL, as well as other Moose Lodge facilities in Pennsylvania.
Berger was a member of the national AIA, its Philadelphia Chapter,and of the T-Square Club. Along with his 1917 membership application for the AIA, Berger submitted three examples of his work: apartments and store for H. C. Rumpff (1900); North Philadelphia Title and Trust Co. (1904); Pennsylvania Taximeter Co. (1916-17).
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Biographical Note - American Contractor. Chicago: F. W. Dodge Corp., 1879 - 21 June 1930 (v. 1 - 51)
Berger moves from 1315 South Pennsylvania Square to 500 Sydenham Building, 1512 Walnut Street
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- T-Square Club
- German Society
- Moose Lodge
- Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art
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