[Photographs and Miscellaneous Biographical Materials, Allen Evans]
Allen Evans Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.
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Allen Evans became best known as the quiet partner of the more flamboyant Frank Furness, his partner in the office of Furness & Evans. Evans, who was born in Paoli, PA, was the son of physician Edmund C. Evans and Mary S. Allen Evans. His early education was received in schools in West Chester, PA, but he came to Philadelphia in 1866 to enter the Philadelphia Polytechnic College, where he remained for two years.
By 1869 Evans had entered the office of veteran Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan. In 1870 he was elected to junior membership in the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA while still in the Sloan office. However, by 1871 Evans had moved to Furness & Hewitt; and there he remained, attaining full partnership with Furness in 1881 and changing the name to Furness & Evans. By 1885, when the firm was expanded by the addition of a number of junior members, the name was revised to Furness, Evans & Co., a name which endured beyond Furness's death in 1912 and Evans's death in 1925.
Evans became a member of the national AIA in 1911 and was also a founder, officer and president of the Merion Cricket Club. At the time of his death, according to the obituary prepared for the Journal of the American Institute of Architects by Charles Willing and Joseph P. Sims, Evans was the oldest living member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA. Both former members of the Furness office, Willing and Sims remembered him as "a man of great energy and administrative ability, kindly and generous in his dealings with his office force, and courteous and fair in his relations to all with whom he came in contact."
Sandra L. Tatman.
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- Merion Cricket Club
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Philadelphia Polytechnic College
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