Samuel Hall Day was born in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, the son of Conrad Baker and Sarah (Hall) Day. He graduated in 1875 from Central High School and in 1879 received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, having attended the Towne Scientific School. His first years were spent in engineering pursuits, first with the Columbian Iron Works, in Baltimore, MD, where he worked as a marine draftsman from 1879 to 1880, then with the Eddystone Prints Works, Eddystone, PA, where he worked as both engineer and architect from 1880-1886, and finally with Manly & Cooper Manufacturing Co., an iron works in Philadelphia in 1886. In that year he established an independent architectural firm with another University of Pennsylvania graduate Edward Hurst Brown, the firm going by the name Brown & Day. This firm lasted until 1891, when Brown left to become advertising manager for the Harrison Bros. Paint Company, and Day began work as an architect on his own. By 1892, however, he was again affiliated with another architect who had studied at the University of Pennsylvania, H. Crawford Coates, Jr., in the firm of Day & Coates.
This firm lasted until 1895, with Day devoting the following four years to assisting the Grand Secretary of the Masons in Harmony Lodge #52 in Philadelphia. After this period of activity with the Masons, Day returned to the practice of architecture. He is listed through 1912 in the Philadelphia city directories as an architect; he appears in 1915 without an occupation, skips 1916, and is noted in 1917 as an accountant.
Day was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AlA, having been elected in 1889.
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