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Born: 11/4/1879, Died: 8/19/1961

Livingston Smith was born in Philadelphia, the son of William A. and Margaret (Dulty) Smith. He graduated from Swarthmore Preparatory School in 1897 and received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Smith then worked for Rankin & Kellogg for one year before moving to New York City, where he was first in the office of Carrere & Hastings from 1902 to 1905 and then with George B. Post from 1905 to 1908. Returning to Philadelphia in 1908, Smith rounded off his office training with a stint in the firm of Horace Trumbauer before winning the Cresson Traveling Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This prize allowed him to travel to Europe for some 14 months and to study in the Atelier Duquesne in Paris.

After returning from Paris, Smith and University of Pennsylvania classmate Walter T. Karcher established Karcher & Smith. (Karcher's academic and office training are quite similar to that of Smith, sharing the University of Pennsylvania, Carrere & Hastings, Trumbauer and Atelier Duquesne connections.) Karcher & Smith would endure until Karcher's death in 1953. After Karcher's death, Smith formed a partnership with Walter Thaete which continued until his own death in 1961.

Smith became a member of the AIA in 1921 and a fellow of that organization in 1940. He served as president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA from 1944 to 1945. Other affiliations included a life membership in the Union League in Philadelphia.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Union League of Philadelphia

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Ecole des Beaux-Arts
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Swarthmore Preparatory School


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