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Although Christian H. Fries had a long career as an architect in the Philadelphia area, almost nothing is known of his life. Throughout his career he resided in the Fox Chase section of the city and, not surprisingly, most of the projects reported for him by the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide are located in that area. While his early practice had been a general one, with banks, residences and other types of buildings reported in nearly equal measure, in 1928 the first of a series of hosiery mills was cited for him by the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide. While the first was located in Greensboro, NC, others, including the Cheltenham Hosiery Co. mill in Cheltenham, PA, of 1928 and another hosiery mill in Bethayres, PA, in 1929, followed, suggesting that Fries's interest had turned to industrial architecture.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.


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