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Established around 1916 by Ecole-trained partners H. Bartol Register and Marmaduke Tilden, Jr., Tilden & Register operated from offices in the Franklin Building. Soon after they established their practice, on 7 November 1917 the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide reported that Tilden and Register "have received commissions as first lieutenants in the Signal Corps, Construction Division of the U. S. Army, and will leave for France in a few days. Their office will be closed, and all unfinished business taken care of by Bissell & Sinkler."

This absence, and the consequent referral of their work to Tilden's former office, did not hamper the success of Tilden & Register. Although like other firms in Philadelphia at the time, the office produced a number of suburban residences, it also was commissioned to undertake a number of public buildings, including Abington Memorial Hospital on Old York Road (1920-22), the Samuel T. Freeman Auction House at 1808-10 Chestnut Street (1924), and the U. S. Post Office in Germantown (1922). Chief among the residences credited to Tilden & Register is the William Elkins house in Dark Harbor, ME (1919-21).

In 1926 Tilden & Register were joined by George Wharton Pepper, Jr., and the firm name changed to Tilden, Register & Pepper.


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