Son of a prominent architect specializing in Catholic church projects, George I. Lovatt, Jr., was born in Ridley Park, PA. He attended Notre Dame Academy and graduated from Lasalle College High School in 1918 before entering the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his B. Arch. in 1924. There followed approximately one year of office experience with Zantzinger, Borie & Medary before he traveled to Europe and enrolled in classes at the American Academy in Rome (1925-26). By January, 1927 he was back in Philadelphia, engaged by his father's firm, where he would remain until after his father's retirement in 1940. The younger Lovatt continued the firm until 1958, when he became Architect for the City of Philadelphia, appointed by Mayor Clark. Although this proved to be a difficult and somewhat controversial appointment, Lovatt remained with the city until 1960 when he resigned after Commissioner of Public Property William T. Gennetti alleged that Lovatt was not a city resident (although some later records indicate incorrectly that he continued to work for the city until 1962). After he severed employment with the City, he associated briefly with Harry Sternfeld, but soon established his own office in Cynwyd, PA
Active in both professional and civic organizations, in 1954 Lovatt earned the distinction of being the first architect elected president of the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Engineers Club
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia
- Committee of Seventy
- University of Pennsylvania
- American Academy in Rome
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