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Although little is known of the life of Albert W. Dilks, the number of project references in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide indicates a flourishing, chiefly residential, practice. Dilks appears in the Philadelphia city directories from 1880 to 1917, with his office address given as 1001 Chestnut Street, the address of the Mutual Life Insurance Building.

The high point of Dilks's residential practice may have been the brewer Frederick Poth's residence at 216 North 33rd Street (interiors, 1887), but he was also included in a distinguished group of architects who contributed designs to Godey's Lady's Book. As part of the Godey's stable, he would have joined such architects as T. P. Chandler, Isaac H. Hobbs, Samuel Sloan, and Arthur Truscott. Furthermore, Dilks's practice extended into Wilmington, DE, where he designed a residence and stable for Mary DuPont (1891) and a residence for Willard Salsbury (1893). By the early twentieth century his Delaware work has escalated with a residence for Hamilton Barksdale (1905), alterations and additions to the residence and garage of Charles Copeland (1911), alterations to the Lammot DuPont residence (1911), and a stable for W. K. DuPont (1911). As late as 1916 Dilks was still maintaining his contacts with Delaware as he undertook alterations to the W. K. DuPont residence in Wilmington.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

 

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