Local ID #: 1910/98
George S. Idell chiefly became known as an architect of institutional operatons, including several buildings for the various state and county-run establishments for the handicapped. Idell was born in Philadelphia and attended Drexel Institute's program in architecture during the evenings from 1899 to 1900. Later, in the 1906/07 term, he enrolled in classes in architectural design at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and amplified his knowledge of architectural design by participating in the ateliers led by Paul A. Davis and Paul P. Cret for the T-Square Club, in addition to spending some seven months in Europe in 1907. His practical experience of architecture was enhanced by work with George B. Page, Lindley Johnson, David K. Boyd, Baily & Truscott, and Wilson Bros. & Co., all before opening his own office in 1912. At the beginning of his independent practice, his firm's commissions emphasized residential work; but by 1914 he had gained the Pennsylvania State Village for Feeble Minded Women in Laurelton, PA, a project which would launch many years of work on that complex of buildings. Other institutional commissions followed, including several hospital designs and buildings for the Delaware County prison at Broad Meadow Farms and for the Clearfield Count Home in Clearfield, PA.
Idell joined the AIA in 1916 and was made a fellow of the Institute in 1956. He was also active in the Philadelphia Chapter, AIA, and rgistered to practice architecture in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Sandra L. Tatman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- T-Square Club
- American Kennel Club
- Ecole des Beaux-Arts
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Drexel Institute
- American Academy in Rome
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