A descendant of Roland Ellis, founder of Bryn Mawr, Edmund C. Evans was born in Rosemont, PA, to Rowland and Mary Binney Montgomery Evans. He attended Haverford Grammar School and Lawrenceville School, and then spent two years studying architecture at the University of Pennsylvania (1897-99). He then toured Europe and England for seven months before joining the firm of Furness, Evans & Co. in December, 1899. (His uncle, Allen Evans was a principal in that firm.) He remained with that office until 1906 when he and John I. Bright, another member of Furness, Evans & Co., left to establish their own partnership, with rooms in the Crozer Building. Evans & Bright practiced together until September, 1909, when Bright decided to work independently, and Evans joined Bigger & Warner partners, James S. Warner and Frederick T. Bigger. Evans, Warner & Bigger lasted until 1912, when Frederick Bigger left the firm for Pittsburgh. H. Bartol Register replaced Bigger, and the firm continued with the name Evans, Warner & Register. After Warner's death, Register left to establish Tilden & Register, but Evans & Warner continued. In fact, although James S. Warner died in 1914, Evans continued to list the Evans & Warner office in the Philadelphia city directories through 1925.
In 1926, due to ill health, Evans resigned from the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA and began curtailing his business. He still maintained an office at 1506 Locust Street, however.
Evans had a long career of service to the AIA. He joined the Institute in 1912 and became a treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter in 1915, an office which he held until October, 1917. In 1911/12 he also was a member of a joint advisory committee on the Philadelphia atelier established by the T-Square Club.
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