Chester H. Kirk represents that group of architects who began their careers in Philadelphia, but moved west to further their careers. Kirk was born in Philadelphia, the son of George H. and Annie N. (Russell) Kirk. He received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1891 and also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1892). In that year as well he joined the T-Square Club.
Kirk practiced for some 12 years in Philadelphia, associating at various times with H. G. Kimball and Horace W. Sellers and engaging in residential design for Wendell & Smith developments in the Pelham and Overbrook neighborhoods of Philadelphia. By 1914, however, he had moved to New York City and joined the local AIA chapter there, and 1924 found him in Helena, Montana. By 1931 he was residing in Los Angeles, CA.
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