Artist: Theophilus Ballou White (1903-1978)
Theophilus Ballou White drew the sketch of the Moore School Doorway which appears on this University of Pennsylvania Bicentennial Wedgewood china demitasse cup. He was a born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1903 and came to Philadelphia to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S. in Arch.) with the Class of 1925.
After graduation, White went to work in the firm run by Penn professor Paul Philippe Cret. He left that firm in 1939. During the Second World War, he served as a major in the Army Corps of Engineers. After the war he started a firm with two other architects, a firm which continued, albeit with a slightly different roster, into the 1970s. White became a fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1963. He designed the University of Pennsylvania’s faculty club and several buildings at the Philadelphia Zoo; however, he was just as well known for his books on Philadelphia architecture. His books focused on colonial and nineteenth century architecture in Philadelphia. White died in Villanova, Pennsylvania in 1978.