John H. Bothwell was born in Philadelphia and after an early education in the public schools, attended the Franklin Institute Drawing School. His years of apprenticeship in architecture were extensive, beginning with six years spent in the office of Willis G. Hale, one year with H. E. Flower working on housing operations, and 1898 to 1900 with Brouse & Arend. He then spent four years working with Scranton architect W. Scott-Collins and the architectural department of the American School of Correspondence, also based in Scranton, PA. In 1905 Bothwell engaged in work for the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co., chiefly involved in the design of car barns and electrical sub-stations. This industrial work surely led him to employment with Ballinger & Perrot, where he continued with the general scale and detailing of industrial plants. From 1911 to 1914 he was employed as chief draftsman for John D. Thompson, Jr. in Wilmington, DE. Finally in 1914 Bothwell launched an individual practice, associated briefly with John T. Brugger in 1917, and in 1918-19 was involved with the war effort as part of the American International Ship Corporation on Hog Island.
After the war he returned to individual practice and moved to Ambler, PA, where he was living in 1944 when he applied for membership in the AlA. While in Ambler Bothwell was responsible for the plant housing operation for Dr. R. V. Mattison, which consisted of 170 two and three story stone houses, 100 garages and a community playground, all for a cost of $1,100,000.00 (according to the "Questionnaire for Prospective Members" which Bothwell completed for the AIA).
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