Born in Island Pond, VT, Edward B. Lee graduated from Harvard University in 1899, receiving the Austin Travelling Scholarship, 1900-1904. Even before graduation he had gained considerable office experience in the firm of Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson (1896-1897). From 1903 to 1904 he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and then worked for Alden & Harlow (1904-05) in Pittsburgh. In 1905 he established his first firm, Billquist & Lee (1905-1909). In 1909 he launched an independent office, which would produce the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Building in which he maintained his office (1918), the Gulf Refining Office Building, Port Arthur, TX (1920), Thiel College buildings, Greenville, PA (1921), Peabody High School, Pittsburgh (1923), and St. Peter's Parish House, Ashtabula, OH (1923). Before his retirement in 1945, Lee was also responsible as supervising architect for low-rent housing sponsored by the U. S. Housing Authority (1940).
Lee was active in the Pittsburgh Architectural Club and chaired the Pittsburgh Art Commission in 1923. He joined the AIA in 1907 and retired in 1946, moving to Vermont.
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- Harvard University
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