Born and raised in Beverly, NJ, where he would also reside for his entire life, J. Fletcher Street was the son of J. Fletcher and Emily Virginia (Phillips) Street. He attended Farnum Preparatory School in Beverly and studied architectural design at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts while apprenticing, first with Frank Miles Day & Bro. (1898-1902), then with Cope & Stewardson (1902), Milton B. Medary (1903), and Price & McLanahan (1903-1914). By 1908, however, the enterprising Street had already accepted a few independent commissions and by 1914, after formally leaving the Price office, he established a partnership with Drexel Institute graduate H. Rex Stackhouse under the name Street & Stackhouse.
By 1917 Street was again in independent practice, and he continued as such until his retirement (although Rankin & Kellogg payrolls list him for July to September 1918). Street engaged in a general practice and was also interested in landscape design, exhibiting a number of his garden developments in the T-Square Club annual exhibitions in the 1920s.
Street held memberships in the AIA, the T-Square Club, and the Art Club of Philadelphia. His avocation was ornithology, and he was the author of Brief Bird Biographies, which he also illustrated. He served as president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, treasurer of the American Ornithological Union, and president of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia.
One of the most touching verbal illustrations of Street appears in the poignant obituary written by Samuel Scoville, Jr., for Cassinia: "It was on a Washington's Birthday, in 1908, that I first met Fletcher Street. He wore a red flannel shirt, a red bandana, a slouch hat with a feather and a hole in it, and looked a good deal like a pirate."
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Academy of Natural Sciences
- Franklin Inn Club
- Philadelphia Art Club
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- T-Square Club
- American Ornithological Union
- Delaware Valley Ornithological Club
- Geographical Society of Philadelphia
- University Club
- Wilderness Club
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
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