Architectural Archives

  • St. John the Divine Church, New York, NY, 1887

Theophilus Parsons Chandler Jr. (1845-1928)

Born in Boston and educated at Harvard, Chandler studied architecture both in this country and in Paris at the Atelier Vaudremer. Upon his return to the United States he opened an office in Boston before moving to Philadelphia and practicing professionally there until late in life. During his active design years Chandler executed a series of commercial buildings and residences, however is best remembered for his ecclesiastical designs. Among his most important churches in Philadelphia were the Swedenborgian Church and the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. Chandler was a co-founder of the A.I.A.'s Phildelphia Chapter and served as the first Director of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Collection

The drawings, photographs, office records, paintings and etchings are on indefinite loan from his family. Included in the Collection are office records (1885-90), diary (1877), fifteen photographs, six student drawings, twenty-three rubbings from English churches, fifty-three non-architectural drawings, oils, and watercolors.

Many are gifts of G. Holmes Perkins