[Measured Drawing of Doorway]
Measured Drawing of Doorway, Santa Paula, Seville
(A.C. Munoz, 1895)
An active member of Philadelphia's T-Square Club, A. C. Munoz was born in Havana, Cuba. In 1874 he left Cuba for Spain and in 1881 received his A.B. from the Institute of Madrid. In 1882 he moved to the United States and entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated with his degree in civil engineering in 1886. From there he continued to Columbia University and completed the course offered by the School of Mines, at the same time working for McKim, Mead & White. By 1888 Munoz was in Philadelphia in the office of T. P. Chandler. He was immediately elected a junior member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA and a new member of the T-Square Club.
In 1891 Munoz married Philadelphian Emily Wharton, and in April of that year he received the first McKim Traveling Scholarshp, enabling him to sail for Europe in July, 1891. From January to July, 1892 he studed in the ateliers of Daumet and Girault in Paris. After returning to Philadelphia in 1892, he resumed his activity with the T-Square Club; and in 1893 the Club reports that his architectural renderings were being sent to Chicago for exhibition at the World Columbian Exposition. In 1894 Munoz was elected secretary of the T-Square Club, and the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide reported that he had opened offices at 212 South Third Street in Philadelphia.
Active in raising funds for the Spanish-American War and wounded at the battle of San Juan, Munoz returned to Cuba after the war in July, 1899, in order to assist in the rehabilitation of his father's plantation. There he was taken ill, returned to Philadelphia to convalesce, and subsequently died.
Sandra L. Tatman.
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