Louis Carter Baker, Jr., was the son of the Rev. Louis Carter Baker and Mary Rachel Stevens Conover Baker. His father was the minister of an Episcopalian church in Camden, NJ, where the young Baker was born. He received his early education at the Woodhull Academy, a "classical school" administered by Charles Woodhull at 4th and Market streets in Camden. After graduation, Baker entered Princeton University, graduating with his B.A. in the Class of 1880.
By the fall of 1880 Baker had entered the thriving firm of Furness & Evans, where he was elevated to partnership in 1886, causing the firm to change its name to Furness, Evans & Co. By December, 1888, however, Baker and another Furness partner, Elijah James Dallett, had struck out on their own and established Baker & Dallett, a firm which would remain in operation until 1912, when the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide announced that Dallett had retired and "Mr. Carter Baker announces that he will move offices to the Middle City Building, 34 South 17th Street." In fact, Dallett had not retired but instead had moved his office to Wilmington, DE, where he would continue to practice for five more years.
Considerable work was completed by Baker & Dallett in Delaware, where the contacts made through Dallett's Wilmington-born wife were used to advantage, but the firm was also active in the smaller towns of Pennsylvania. They designed a diversity of building types, including hospitals (Delaware State Hospital for the Insane; Chester County Hospital for the Insane, Embreeville, PA), banks (Central National Bank, Wilmington, DE), churches (Church of the Evangelists, 7th and Catherine streets, Philadelphia, now Fleisher Memorial), industrial buildings (Bernot's Dyeworks, 17th and Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia), and the residences common to Philadelphia's established architects of this time.
L. C. Baker was a founding member of Philadelphia's T-Square Club. He also held membership in the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.
Sandra L. Tatman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- T-Square Club
- Princeton University
- Woodhull Academy
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