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Born: 9/13/1885, Died: 8/1/1942

William C. Stanton was born in Philadelphia, the son of William A. and Josephine Agnes (McLoughlin) Stanton. He graduated from Central Manual Training School in 1903 and received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1907. From 1905 to 1906 he was employed by Wilson Eyre, and he followed that training with stints of employment with Adin B. Lacey & Alexander Mackie Adams (Lacey & Adams) during summer, 1906; Heacock & Hokanson from 1907 to 1908; Stearns & Castor from 1909 to 1910; Ballinger & Perrot from 1911 to 1913; and the City of Philadelphia from 1913 to 1919. During this training period, Stanton also received a number of awards in Beaux-Arts style competitions. In 1914 he was awarded the Stewardson Traveling Scholarship for his design for "A Custom House." In that same year he was a logeist for the Rome Prize, and he received a total of five medals for the competitions held by the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects in conjunction with the T-Square Club.

As early as 1907/08, however, Stanton and University Pennsylvania classmate, and Wilson Eyre alumnus,Donald Folsom, along with John H. Crowe, had established their own firm under Folsom, Crowe & Stanton. This office continued until 1910, when Crowe's name disappears from the roster; and Folsom & Stanton continued alone. From 1923 to 1929 John Graham was also associated with the longtime partners, and the firm name changed to Folsom, Stanton & Graham. After 1929 the firm returned to its old configuration and remained in operation until Stanton's death in 1942.

Throughout his independent architectural career Stanton maintained his ties to the Philadelphia city government, serving it in various capacities which included creating in 1923 a preliminary plan for City Hall Annex. From 1930 to 1931 Stanton served as Assistant Directory of the Department of City Architecture, and from 1933 to 1935 he was architect in charge of City Planning for the city. In 1935 Stanton's arena of operation was further enlarged when he was appointed principal architect for the U. S. Resettlement Administration in Washington, DC; and from 1936 to 1937 he became senior town planner for the Administration.

Stanton's memberships include both the T-Square Club and the American Institute of Architects, which he joined in 1922. He performed as secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter, AIA, also. He was also a member of the Fairmount Park Art Association, the City Parks Association, and the Knights of Columbus.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Knights of Columbus
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • T-Square Club
  • City Parks Assoc.
  • Fairmount Park Art Assoc.
  • Philadelphia Zoning Commission

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania


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