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[A Jube' XV Century]
(Lawrence Clark, T-Square Club Atelier, c. 1907)
AIA/T-Square Yearbook, p. 34 (1906)

Born: 3/25/1881, Died: 12/22/1945

Lawrence Clark was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. After an early education at Germantown Academy, he entered beginners' classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, then matriculated in the architectural program at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his B.S. in Architecture in 1903. Supplementary courses in architectural design were taken at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts during the school years 1904/05 and 1905/06.

From 1905 to 1936, Clark is listed in the Philadelphia city directories as an architect. He is noted as maintaining an office in the Witherspoon Building at the same office number as Charles W. Bolton, suggesting that he worked as a draftsman for that firm, but in 1914, when his address is 1006 Witherspoon Building, he is a member of Groben & Clark, with senior architect William E. Groben. By 1917, when he is listed as an architectural draftsman in the General Alumni Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania, Clark was working for the A. C. Wood Engineering Co. It is also known from payroll records that he was affiliated with Rankin & Kellogg at least for the period of 1926 and 1927, when he was employed on the Montgomery County Courthouse, Provident Trust Co., and U.S. Department of Agriculture projects. Few references to independent work undertaken by Clark have been found.

Clark was a member of the Architectural and Zelosophic Societies while at the University of Pennsylvania. Later he also joined the T-Square Club and the Sketch Club and served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1941-1942. His avocation was watercolor painting, and he exhibited his work each summer in Southwest Harbor, ME, where he resided from 1930 until his death there in 1943.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia Sketch Club
  • T-Square Club

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

 

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