Fred F. Martin was born in Doylestown, PA, and graduated from Doylestown High School. He was the son of architect A. Oscar Martin and Minerva Fretz Martin. After training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B. Arch. in 1927, Martin worked as a draftsman in the firm of Tilden, Register & Pepper. Martin joined his father in practice in Doylestown in 1928, and became a member of the national A.I.A. in 1929. Martin began practicing independently in 1942 after the death of his father. In 1958, Martin and Penn classmate Douglas Gilmour formed a partnership (Martin & Gilmour). Martin briefly returned to independent practice the year before Gilmour's death in 1969.
Martin was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the A.I.A. and joined the Bucks County Chapter after 1949. He served as chairman of the Doylestown Borough Planning Commission, and a director of the Doylestown Trust Company. In addition, he was a member of the advisory board of the Industrial Valley Bank, also in Doylestown.
Emily T. Cooperman.
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- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Bucks County Chapter AIA
- University of Pennsylvania
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