Although project references for the work of J. Ethan Fieldstein abound, little is known of his life and training for architecture. It is now known that he was born in Philadelphia, son of Abe and Jennie Feldstein--the difference in last name may account for some of the ambiguity regarding his early years. When his first project citations appear in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide in 1915, his office was located in the Otis Bulding. By 1918 he had moved to the Penfield Building and in 1922 he returned to the Otis Building. When the Architects Building opened in 1928, Fieldstein established an office there; but his last listing in the 1954 Philadelphia telephone directories locates his office in the Bankers Securities Building. While Fieldstein's early practice was of a general nature, in later years he designed several apartment houses, including the Rittenhouse Savoy at 1810 Rittenhouse Square (1951), a commission which he attained in collaboration with J. Raymond Knopf and Samuel I. Oshiver.
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