Louis W Rush (1880–1942)
Alfred H Granger (1867–1939)
William D Hewitt (1847–1924)
Phineas E Paist (1875–1937)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Rush studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, then spent
two years in Paris. He began his own practice in 1907 in Philadelphia,
and maintained an independent practice until 1932. Many of his commissions
were YMCA and YWCA buildings.
Granger studied architecture at Boston Technical Institute (now Massachusetts
Institute of Technology). Then he studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux
Arts, Atelier Pascal and the Académie Julian. He joined William
Le Baron Jenney’s Chicago office in 1890, moved to another practice,
and began his own practice in Cleveland, Ohio in 1893. He moved to Chicago
in 1898. With his partner and brother-in-law Charles Sumner Frost, Granger
designed railway stations. He formed a partnership with Hewitt and Paist
in Philadelphia in 1910. In 1911 he wrote Charles Follen McKim:
A Study of His Life and Work, published in 1913. It dealt with McKim’s
work on the Senate Park Commission Plan for Washington in 1902. Granger worked
in Chicago until he retired in 1936.
Hewitt graduated in mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute
of Philadelphia in 1865. He became a partner in his brother George’s
architectural firm, and its head in 1907. Through his service with the
American Institute of Architects he gained a thorough knowledge of the
plan of Washington.
Paist studied at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
He began work in the Philadelphia office of a New York firm and had
moved to the Hewitt office by 1900. Then he studied for two years in
Returning to Philadelphia in 1906, he rejoined Hewitt and became a
partner in the
firm. He set up his own practice in 1915, moved to New York, and then
to Miami, where he worked until about 1935.
This attractive and feasible plan strongly resembles Washington, with
similar superimposition of major diagonal boulevards over a basic