Richard R. Neely was born in Philadelphia, the son of James K. and Susan (Scott) Neely. He graduated in 1910 from the Coleraine Academic Institution in Coleraine, Ireland. After graduation he apprenticed with Belfast architect Samuel Houston from 1910 to 1914 and returned to Philadelphia in 1915,where he worked first in the office of Edmund B. Gilchrist and later with Wilmington, DE, architect Wallace Hance. By 1920 he was formally associated with Hance and with Charles J. Mitchell in the office of Hance, Mitchell & Neely; however, for much the same time period independent projects are also reported for him in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide; and during the mid-1920s he worked with E. William Martin.
During the 1930s a team of architects, including Horace Trumbauer and Neely, was established to design housing projects, but that effort never came to fruition. Neely's specialties were apartment houses and churches.
He was a member of the AIA, the T-Square Club, the Royal Institute of British Architects,and the Pennsylvania Society of Architects.
Sandra L. Tatman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Pennsylvania Society of Architects
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- T-Square Club
- Coleraine Academic Institution
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