Alfred Easton Poor was born in Baltimore and raised in New York City, where he practiced throughout his career. He attended Harvard University (A.B., 1920) before enrolling in the University of Pennsylvania's architecture program, where he earned a B.Arch. in 1923 followed by an M.Arch. in 1924. He was awarded the Henry Gillette Woodman Scholarship for his final year, which allowed him to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the American Academy in Rome. While in school, he worked as a draftsman in the offices of Peabody, Wilson & Brown and with John Russell Pope. In 1946 he established a partnership with A. Stewart Walker, who had previously been a principal with Walker & Gillette. Walker & Poor continued until 1952. Poor continued to be a named principal of New York firms until his retirement in the late 1970s. He served as the president of the National Academy of Design in New York from 1966 until 1977. He joined the national AIA in 1925 and was made a fellow in 1952, and was a member of the New York Chapter.
Poor's work in Philadelphia includes the original building for the Annenberg School on the campus of his alma mater. According to his New York Times obituary, "Mr. Poor is perhaps best known for one of his earliest works, the Wright Brothers Memorial, a winged pylon of granite that is anchored in the dunes at Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, N.C. Mr. Poor won an open international competition for the design of the memorial in 1928, with the New York architect Robert P. Rogers."
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- University of Pennsylvania
- Ecole des Beaux-Arts
- American Academy in Rome
- Harvard University
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