Frank Miles Day

Art Club of Philadelphia, 220 S. Broad St., Philadelphia (1889-90, demolished 1975-76). Photo: HABS.

Frank Miles Day (April 5, 1861 – June 15, 1918) was a Philadelphia-based architect who specialized in residences and academic buildings.


In 1883, he graduated from the Towne School of the University of Pennsylvania, and traveled to Europe. In England, he apprenticed under two architects, and won the 1885 prize from the Architectural Association of London. He returned to Philadelphia, and worked in the offices of George T. Pearson and Addison Hutton, before opening his own office in 1887. Day's first major commission was the Art Club of Philadelphia (1889–90, demolished 1975-76), on South Broad Street in Center City, Philadelphia. His brother Henry joined the firm in 1893 (Frank Miles Day & Brother), and Charles Zeller Klauder, who had been his chief draftsman since 1900, became a partner in 1911 (Day Brothers & Klauder). From 1912 to 1927, even after Day's 1918 death, the firm was known as Day & Klauder.

Day was a lecturer in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, and taught perspective at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He was supervising architect for Yale University and Johns Hopkins University, and supervising or executive architect for Pennsylvania State College (now University), New York University, Delaware College (now University of Delaware), and the University of Colorado.[1]

Day made major additions to the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University and Wellesley College. Day & Klauder designed 18 buildings for Princeton University, although half were Klauder's work, completed after Day's death.[2] Day's 1917 master plan for the University of Delaware was inspired by Thomas Jefferson's plan for the University of Virginia.[3] Following the firm's 1917 master plan for the Boulder campus, Klauder went on to design much of the University of Colorado.

Day was national president of the American Institute of Architects, 1906–07; a founding editor of House & Garden Magazine; and author of a number of books, including American Country Houses of Today (1915). In 1910, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.

1908 Army-Navy game at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania.
Day designed the 2nd Franklin Field (1903, demolished 1922), shown above, and Weightman Hall ("The Fieldhouse") (1903-04), visible in the upper left. The current stadium was designed in 1922 by Day's partner, Charles Zeller Klauder, who also added its upper deck in 1925.

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University of PennsylvaniaEdit

Princeton UniversityEdit

The Pennsylvania State UniversityEdit

University of DelawareEdit

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  1. ^ New York Times obituary, June 18, 1918.
  2. ^ Princeton Dormitories and Dining Halls
  3. ^ University of Delaware Brief History
  4. ^ Wood houses from St. Croix Architecture.
  5. ^ "10th Presbyterian Church". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  6. ^ New Horticultural Hall from Bryn Mawr College.
  7. ^ Newbold residence from Bryn Mawr College.
  8. ^ Philadelphia Art Alliance
  9. ^ Vernon Park Library from Philadelphia Architects and Buildings.
  10. ^ DC Tuberculosis Hospital photo, plans & description from Thomas Spees Carrington, Tuberculosis Hospital and Sanatorium Construction (National Tuberculosis Association, 1914), pp. 72-74.
  11. ^ Trinity Episcopal Church
  12. ^ Christopher Driscoll, Janice Elston, Newtown Square, Arcadia, 2009, p. 95
  13. ^ "Founders Hall, Wellesley College". Archived from the original on 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  14. ^ Sigma Phi from Philadelphia Architects and Buildings.

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