J. Gilbert McIlvaine was born in Philadelphia, the son of A. Robinson and Elizabeth E. McIlvaine. After attending Martin's School in Philadelphia, McIlvaine obtained his A.B. at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, in 1900, his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1903, and his A.M. from Trinity College. He then entered the office of Wilson Eyre,with whom he remained for the duration of his professional career, establishing a partnership with Eyre in 1911 and continuing the firm name -- Wilson Eyre & McIlvaine -- long after Eyre's retirement. Before his formal partnership with Eyre began in 1911, McIlvaine also designed a few projects with Edwin H. Fetterolf, but that appears to have been an informal and short-lived relationship.
McIlvaine was a member of the AIA, the University of Pennsylvania's Architectural Society, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the University Club and the Century Club. In 1925 he was president of the Arts & Crafts Guild of Philadelphia. He served as a liaison officer in France during World War I and was active in Boy Scout work, forming troops in Chester Co., where he maintained a home in Downingtown for many years. He also originated the American Legion medal for high school essay contests on "Americanism."
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Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Philadelphia Sketch Club
- T-Square Club
- Century Club
- Boy Scouts
- American Legion
- University of Pennsylvania
- Trinity College
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