|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1867|
|Death: ||Oct. 28, 1929|
E. V. Seeler was born in Philadelphia and attended Central High School, from which he graduated in 1884. His parents, George W. and Anna Maria (Viguers) Seeler, then sent him to night classes at the Philadelphia Museum and School of Industrial Art, where he won the Richards Prize for best drawing executed in pen and ink during the 1885/86 term. When he had finished four years at the PMSI, Seeler moved on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated in the Class of 1890. From MIT he continued his study of architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in the atelier of Victor Laloux from 1890 until 1893.
Upon his return from Europe, Seeler established his own practice with an office at 328 Chestnut Street and a home in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood (1828 Locust Street). At the same time he began to work at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor of architectual design (1893-98).
As active in professional organizations as he was in his practice, Seeler retained memberships in the AIA, its Philadelphia Chapter, and the T-Square Club. He was elected president of the T-Square Club in 1898. He had been elected a junior member of the Philadelphia Chapter, AIA, in 1886 and to full professional membership in 1897. He served on the chapter education committee in 1902 and was appointed a Philadelphia delegate to the AIA conventions for 1902 and 1903. For the term 1904/05 he became president of the local chapter and remained on the executive committee for 1905/06. In 1907/08 he was a member of the committee appointed to investigate the preservation of Congress Hall. In 1904 Seeler became a member of the advisory committee for architecture of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis, MO. Recalling his days at the Ecole, Seeler was a charter member of the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects.
In 1926 Seeler retired from active practice and died three years later of a heart attack while at his country residence, Dingleton Farms in Newtown Square, PA.
(Bio by Sandra L. Tatman, PhiladelphiaBuildings.org)
George Washington Seeler (1839 - 1911)
Anna Maria Viguers Seeler (1838 - 1868)
Martha Page Laughlin Seeler (1871 - 1938)
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Created by: Robert Viguers
Record added: Jul 24, 2009
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