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Architect and real estate developer, Edwin L. Rothschild attended the University of Pennsylvania in its Class of 1916, but he begins appearing in the Philadelphia city directories as early as 1906, with 1907 marking his inaugural real estate listing. He served as a corporal in the 136th Machine Gun Battalion in World War I, and sustained a severe shoulder wound in battle. In 1922 Rothschild reappears in the city directories as an architect. Certainly his many citations in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide would testify to his architectural activity. Beginning in 1919 with his design for a synagogue and classrooms for the Hebrew Orphan Home at 12th and Spencer streets in Philadelphia, Rothschild demonstrated an ability to engage in any number of disparate projects. Although he returned to work associated with Philadelphia's Jewish community again and again (1920: Jewish World Publishing, 233-25 South 5th Street; 1924: Jewish Seaside Home for Invalids, Roy Pines Greenburg Building, Ventnor, NJ; 1927: Talmud Torahs Association community building, 508 Moore Street, Philadelphia), Rothschild proved his versatility by also designing a fraternity (Zeta Beta Tau, 234 South 39th Street, Philadelphia), residences, stores, undertaking establishments, machine shops, and finally alterations to the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, 1346 North Broad Street.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

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