Artist: William Herbert Chandlee Jr. (1904-2001)
William Herbert Chandlee Jr. drew the sketch of the Presidential Mansion which appears on this University of Pennsylvania Bicentennial Wedgwood china demitasse cup. He was born in Philadelphia in 1904, where he attended Frankford Friends School and then William Penn Charter School, graduating in 1922. His college years were spent at the University of Pennsylvania from which he earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1926.
Following graduation Chandlee went to work in the architectural firm of his former professor, Paul P. Cret. While working in Cret’s firm, Chandlee helped with the design of the Delaware River Bridge (later renamed the Benjamin Franklin Bridge), buildings for the American Battle Monuments Commission, and the Rodin Museum, as well as several buildings on the campus of the University of Texas. He left Cret’s firm in 1943 to become the architect for the Railway Division of the Budd Company where he was in charge of designing streamline luxury trains. In 1962 he opened his own architectural firm.
Subject: Presidential Mansion, Ninth Street campus
Architects: William Williams (1749?-1794) with renovations by Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820)