Born in Charleston, SC, the son of William Henry and Elizabeth English Robertson Parker, William H. Parker, Jr. attended the College of Charleston between 1911 and 1913 before coming to Philadelphia to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. After earning a B. S. Arch. at Penn in 1917, he studied at the U.S. Naval Academy in preparation for service in World War I. Parker would later serve in the U.S. Navy in World War II as well. He worked as a draftsman in several architectural offices between 1920 and 1924 (Rankin, Kellogg & Crane, 1919-1920; Frederick A. Muhlenberg, 1920, in his Philadelphia office; Thomas, Martin & Kirkpatrick, 1923-1924). In 1924 he joined Stewardson & Page for a two-year stint. Parker taught graphics in evening classes at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art between 1920 and 1925. In 1926, he moved to the office of Paul P. Cret, where he remained until 1938, when he established an independent office (1938-1941). After the Cret office became Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson in 1945, he returned and was made an associate in the firm the following year. Parker retired from practice in 1958.
While with the Cret firm, Parker worked as Job Manager fo rthe Hartford County Building in Connecticut and for the Administration Building for the Ohio River Bridge.
Parker was a member of national AIA and of the Philadelphia Chapter.
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Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Philadelphia Art Alliance
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP)
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Pennsylvania Sons of the Revolution
- University of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art
- U. S. Naval Academy
- College of Charleston
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