Church designer and watercolorist, George Nattress was born in England, where it is possible that he worked for John Loughborough Pearson (1817-1897). He appears in the Philadelphia city directories from 1891 to 1904 and by 1898 has established George Nattress & Son. In a letter to the Building Committee conducting the competition for First Baptist Church in Philadelphia in 1898, Nattress states, "We have had considerable experience in the best kind of church work - both in this country and in England notably the following - the drawings for which were engaged upon. Viz: Truro Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathdral, Bombay Cathedral, and many other large churches . . . " Since Truro Cathedral (designed 1880, completed 1910) was the work of John Loughborough Pearson, it can be speculated that Nattress was employed by him on Truro Cathedral.
Nattress joined the T-Square Club in 1889 and in 1892 is described by the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide as an "English water color painter & architect," who has been engaged to give instruction in a watercolor class sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.
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