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Established following the death of William L. Price of Price & McLanahan, McLanahan & Bencker formally recognized the addition of the design skills of Ralph B. Bencker to the firm. In 1925 Bencker and M. Hawley McLanahan would dissolve the firm. Although McLanahan & Bencker continued some of the projects begun by Price & McLanahan, the predominant style changed in the hands of Bencker as his tastes for the moderne overcame earlier tendences toward an arts and crafts style. For example, the bank designed for Joshua Holmes at 6701 North Broad Street in 1922 displays the streamlined exterior associated with the moderne of the 1920s while still allowing the oversized limestone buttresses of the long side elevation to create an articulated bay system.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA awarded its 1923 medal to McLanahan & Bencker for meritorious work.


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