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[William Macy Stanton]
Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Local ID #: P-852

Born: 9/18/1888, Died: 5/26/1969

William Macy Stanton was born in Tacomy, OH, and received his early education at the Barnesville Boarding School in Ohio, before coming to Pennsylvania and attending Westtown School in Westtown, PA. He then received his B.S. in Architecture in 1912, followed by the M.S. in 1914, both from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1914 he was an alternate for the Rome Prize and in 1916 placed second in that competition. After spending a year studying and teaching at the University of Illinois, Stanton returned to Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was employed as an instructor in Architectural Construction from 1917 to 1920. By 1923 at least Stanton and Stanley Potter Stewart had established offices in the Weightman Building, and they would remain together through 1924. By 1925 Stanton was operating independently, and he developed specialties in both hotel and Quaker meetinghouse design.

In 1934 Stanton's career took another turn, however, when he was appointed architect and later project manager of Cumberland Homesteads in Crossville, TN, a government housing project for miners. In 1937 he returned to Pennsylvania and until 1941 worked for the General State Authority in Harrisburg. From 1941 to 1948 he was consulting architect for the B. F. Goodrich Company and in 1948 returned to Westtown, PA. Well known for his hotel designs and meetinghouse restorations, Stanton was also a poet, publishing a volume of poetry entitled Out There in 1940.

Active in the T-Square Club, Stanton served on the annual outing committee (1915/16), the Cope Prize Committtee and the Membership committee (1921/22). He returned to the Cope Prize Committee as chair in 1922/23.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Pennsylvania Society of Architects
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • T-Square Club
  • Delaware County Historical Society
  • Chester County Historical Society
  • Friends Historical Society
  • Early American Industrial Society

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Illinois


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