Athough George Spearl (who begins his life as Christian George Spoerl) is better known as a St. Louis, MO, architect, he began his career in Philadelphia. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to Ernest Soflan and Mary (Whitaker) Spoerl, he received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1903, winning the Arthur Spayd Brooke medal and the John Stewardson Travelling Scholarship for his design for a terminal station for an underground railway in 1904. Using the $1,000 from the Stewardson prize, he then spent some four years travelling abroad, specifically studying at the American Academy in Rome in 1905/06. Upon his return to Philadelphia, Spearl became part of the Cope & Stewardson office. There he became acquainted with James P. Jamieson; and after that architect moved to St. Louis to supervise construction of the office's Washington University designs, Spearl followed him, in 1912 becoming a member of Jamieson's independent office. By 1920 Spearl had become the junior partner in the Jamieson & Spearl office in St. Louis; and when Jamieson died in 1941, Spearl continued to use the name.
Spearl was a member of the American Institute of Architects, serving on their honors award committee (Central States Division) from 1929 through 1935. He served as president of the Missouri State Association of Architects and of the St. Louis Chapter of the AIA.
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- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Newcomen Society
- St. Louis (MO.) Chapter AIA
- Missouri State Association of Architects
- University of Pennsylvania
- American Academy in Rome
- Washington University (St. Louis)
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