Edward F. Hoffman, Jr., was born in West Chester, PA, the son of Edward F. and Elizabeth McCall Hoffman. He received his early education at the William Penn Charter School and gained his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1910. During the summers of 1909 and 1910, Hoffman was employed by George B. Page, but he later gained more experience with Horace Trumbauer (1910-1912), D. K. Boyd (1912-1913), Furness, Evans & Co. (4 years), and finally Paul A. Davis (5 months). By 1919 he had launched his own firm, but from approximately 1925 to 1936 he and E. Nelson Edwards formed a partnership under the name Edwards & Hoffman.
When this association dispersed, Hoffman returned to independent practice; and when Walter Mellor died in 1940, he began associating on some commissions with Arthur I. Meigs, and 1946 found him listed on the masthead for the office of Willing, Sims & Talbutt. Hoffman retired from active practice in 1956, having concentrated on residential design for most of his career.
Hoffman had been a member of the Architectural Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA in 1912 and the national in 1919.
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