After the retirement of senior partner Walter Geissinger of the firm of Geissinger & Hales in 1894, Edward M. Hales takes two members of the firm into partnership. This new firm initially is called Hales, Brinkworth & Ballinger, but within a few months of 1895 has shrunk to Hales & Ballinger, with only Walter F. Ballinger surviving. Hales & Ballinger will design and construct a number of the factories for which Geissinger & Hales had already achieved considerable reputation; but they will also branch more firmly into religious and commercial buildings, laying a foundation for their successors, Ballinger & Perrot (established after Hales retires in 1901) and the Ballinger Co..
By 30 March 1898, when Hales & Ballinger send a letter of application for the First Baptist Church competition to James F. Hagen, they can boast that they are architects for the American Baptist Publication Society's new printing house and that they are "now engaged in the erection of the buildings for the Methodist Episcopal Home for the Aged, at Belmont and Monument Avenues, West Philadelphia."
Sandra L. Tatman.
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