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Born: 12/11/1882, Died: 10/22/1942

Donald Folsom was born in Union City, PA, to Glenn I. and Edna J. Folsom. After an early education at Germantown Academy and Boys Central High School in Philadelphia, he entered the University of Pennsylvania with the Class of 1907. Although he never received his degree, Folsom studied interior decoration for one year, architecture for two years, and fine arts for one year at the University. By 1904 he was also receiving practical training in the office of Edward H. Hazelhurst, but by 1905 had moved on to Henry L. Reinhold, Jr.. Folsom did not stop there, however; and 1906 found him with both Adin B. Lacey and Watson & Huckel. In 1907 Folsom launched his own firm and was soon joined by John H. Crowe and William C. Stanton in the office of Folsom, Crowe & Stanton. After Crowe withdrew from the firm in 1910, Folsom & Stanton continued until they were joined from 1923 to 1929 by John Graham, Jr. (Folsom, Stanton & Graham). In j1912 the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide announced that Camden, NJ, architect Banjamin Lackey would be associated with Folson, but no other record has been found of that connection. In 1929 Graham left the office, but Folsom and Stanton remained in business until Stanton's death in August, 1942. Although Folsom worked briefly for the Philadelphia Navy Yard following Stanton's death, he too died in October, 1942.

Folsom was a member of the T-Square Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Philadelphia Housing Commission, and the Borough Planning Commission for Sharon Hill, PA, where he resided.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • T-Square Club
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance
  • Philadelphia Housing Commission

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania


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