Jacob Herold first appears in the Philadelphia city directories as a civil engineer (1884-1885); however, by 1886 he has become an architect and remains in that occupation through 1917. For most of this time Herold maintains an office at 441 Chestnut Street, also the office address of Otto Herold, although neither a familial nor professional relationship has been documented for the two men. In fact, several other architects affiliated with the German community in Philadelphia share this address. Most of Herold's architectural commissions, judged by citations in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide, came from industrial or institutional concerns.
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