Horace Burrell begins his Philadelphia city directory listings as a draftsman (1892 and 1898) and then an architect (1894-97), and he was active in the T-Square Club in the 1890s. However, in the city directory for 1899 he has entered a partnership with carpenter Charles J. Appleton (Appleton & Burrell), which is listed as a carpentry endeavor in 1899-1902 and then as contractors in 1903-07, then as builders in 1908-12. In 1913 Burrell returns to the city directories alone and remains so through 1923. In 1924 he is noted as treasurer for the Master Carpenters and Builders Co., and then from 1926 through 1935/36 is associated with Horace H. Burrell & Son, builders. Records from the Samuel Yellin business cards record Horace H. Burrell & Sons as contractors for George Howe in 1929 on the property owned by Samuel A. Crozer in Chestnut Hill.
The May 1898 issue of the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide states that Burrell has been awarded a silver medal by the T-Square Club for "competitions held during the previous year," and that he has been elected treasurer for the Club. He also served as treasurer and on the executive committee in 1899/1900 and as chairman of the finance committee in 1914/15.
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