Edward T. Boggs was born in New Brunswick, NJ, the son of George B. and Hannah G. (Thompson) Boggs. After an early education in both private and public schools, and graduation from Norristown High School, he entered the Locks' School for Mathematics in Norristown, PA, and then spent two years at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, and two months at the University of Pennsylvania. Boggs had a long period of apprenticeship, including working with the following Philadelphia firms: Cope & Stewardson; T. Roney Williamson; Walter Smedley; T. P. Chandler; and Arnold H. Moses. He also spent some time with the Boston firm of Longfellow, Alden & Harlow, before setting up his own firm in 1904. Although he apparently did not form a partnership, he did share an office with Arnold H. Moses for the years 1906-21, and with several other architects for briefer periods.
In November, 1889, Boggs became a member of the T-Square Club. In 1906 he joined the AIA, but resigned in 1918 due to financial difficulties. He traveled in Europe and England for approximately seven months during the years of 1907 and 1908. He also returned to the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art as an instructor in architectural design during 1900 to 1903, and again for evening classes as an instructor for the school years 1920/21 and 1921/22.
At least twice in his early career, Boggs received recognition by his peers for architectural rendering and design talents. In 1893 his renderings were chosen by members of the T-Square Club to be submitted for exhibition at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In 1894 Boggs received second mention in the competition for the Traveling Scholarship in Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania.
At the time of his death, Boggs had been a resident of Norristown, PA, for some 60 years. As a consequence, most of his architectural work can be seen in the Norristown area.
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- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- T-Square Club
- University of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art
- Locks' School for Mathematics
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