Penn History

From the Architectural Alumni Graphics Collection of Franklin Spencer Roach and Hannah Benner Roach

Darwin H. Urffer (1902-1973), B.Arch. 1925, M.Arch. 1927

Darwin H. Urffer, 1925
Darwin H. Urffer was born in Philadelphia and earned his architecture degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. As a student he was awarded the Woodman Scholarship and Alfred Spayd Brooke Prize.

After graduation, Urffer joined the architectural firm of Paul Cret in 1926. He remained with the firm which continued after Cret’s death in 1945 as Harbeson, Hough, Livingston, Larson, now known as H2L2. Urffer participated in the design of such structures as the Western Savings Fund Building and the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia and the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C..

Darwin Urffer, Christmas card, 1930
Darwin Urffer, Christmas card, 1932