Born in Portsmouth, VA to Charles E. and Sarah W. Cassell, Charles E. Cassell graduated from the University of Virginia and then served in the Civil War. Apparently an adventurer, Cassell continued fighting after the Civil War as he moved to Chile and served in the Chilean Navy. After this experience he moved to St. Louis MO, where he set up an architectural practice before moving to Baltimore around 1868. By 1905 he had established Charles E. Cassell & Son in Baltimore, but his son John died in 1909. Later he occasionally associated with his nephew in Norfolk, VA, under the office name of Cassell & Cassell.
Cassell joined the AIA in 1870, was a founding member of the Baltimore Chapter, and became a Fellow in 1905.
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Biographical Note - Architects and Builders Journal: A Monthly Newspaper Devoted to the Interests of Building, Architecture, & Real Estate. Baltimore: The Globe Publishing and Printing Co., v. 1 - 6, 1899-1905.
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