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Rush Anderson Plowman lists himself as an architect in the Philadelphia city directories from 1899 to 1918. Deviations from this occupational designation occur in: 1897 to 1898, when he is noted as an accountant; 1912-1915, when he is noted as a builder; 1919-1924, when his is noted as a clerk; and 1926 to 1930, when he is noted as a superintendent. Differences in occupational designation aside, Plowman's office address appears as the following: 1897-1905, 1011 or 1012 Betz Building; 1908-1910, 719 Witherspoon Building; and 1911 and thereafter, 619 Witherspoon Building.

Most of the Plowman's work, as reported by the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide consists of either theatre repair (all 1904: Broad Street Theatre, Peoples Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Park Theatre) or residential operations (23 residences on Ainslie Street between Conrad and Vaux streets in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia, 1909).

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

 

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