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Horace Trumbauer

Horace Trumbauer was born in Philadelphia in 1868 of German parentage. At 16 he joined Philadelphia's leading architectural firm as an office boy. Eight years later he was in business on his own. Before he received the commission from his fellow Philadelphian Edward Julius Berwind for The Elms, Trumbauer had already designed three large residents in the Philadelphia area, one of them Grey Towers, which at the time was one of the largest residences in the United States.