Born in Philadelphia and a graduate of Central Manual Training School, John Howard Taylor furthered his pursuit of architectural education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1907/08), Drexel Institute's Evening School and at the T-Square Club Atelier and Washington Architectural Club (1908-1912). In Montreal with Ralph Walker he was associated with the Atelier Swales to complete further problems set by the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design (1912-1914).
Taylor's work experience was equally varied. By 1909 he was residing in Washington, DC, and working for the Supervising Architect (1909-1912), but in Canada he worked for Painter & Swales (1912-1914). From 1914 to 1915 he was employed by Starrett & Vanvleck. From 1915 to 1918 he pursued federal employment. Finally returning to Philadelphia, Taylor worked briefly for Rankin & Kellogg on the Jellett Residence and the Hamilton County Court House before beginning a long association with George Wharton Pepper, first with Tilden, Register & Pepper (1919-1945), then with George W. Pepper (1945-1949). In 1950 he became a partner in Pepper Associates, but retired in 1951 to significantly change his career and become a banker with the Delaware County National Bank in Chester, PA.
Sandra L. Tatman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Beaux Arts Institute of Design
- T-Square Club
- Society of Beaux Arts Architects
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Drexel Institute
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