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Paul Philippe Cret


Paul Philippe Cret, French architect. Decorated Officer Legion of Honor, and Croix de Guerre (France).


Cret, Paul Philippe was born on October 23, 1876 in Lyons, France. Son of Paul Adolphe and Anna Caroline (Durand) Cret.


Educated Lycee of Bourg, École des Beaux Arts, Lyons, École des Beaux Arts, Paris. Architecte diplôme du gouvernement français, 1903. Doctor of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1913.

Master of Arts, Brown, 1929. Doctor Arts, Harvard University, 1940.


Professor design, University of Pennsylvania, 1903-1937, professor emeritus since 1937, now associate trustee. Paris prize, 1896, Rougevin prize, 1901, and grand medal of emulation, École des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1901. Gold medal, Salon des Champs Elysees, Paris, 1903.

Medal of honor, Architectural League of New York. Philadelphia award (Bok prize), 1931. Distinguished award Washington Society Architects.

Gold medalist of American International Assurance. Gold medal Pan.-American Exposition. Grand prize, Paris, 1937.

Prize of Honor, 5th Pan-American Congress of Architects, Montevideo, 1940. Award of Merit, University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society, 1940. Architect (with Albert Kelsey) of Pan-American Union (Washington, District of Columbia).

Valley Forge memorial arch, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Indianapolis Public Library (with Zantzinger, Borie and Medary). Detroit Institute of Arts (with Zantzinger, Borie and Medary).

Hartford County Building (with Smith & Bassette, Hartford, Connecticut). Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, District of Columbia). Hall of Science at Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, 1933.

Federal Reserve Bank and Delaware River Bridge, Philadelphia. War memorials at Varennes, Fismes (France). Memorials at Chateau Thierry, Bony, Waereghem and Gibraltar for American Battle Monuments Commission.

Central Heating Plant, Washington. New buildings University of Texas. Federal Reserve Board Building, Washington.

Calvert St. Bridge; new buildings United States Military Academy. New buildings United States Naval Academy. Designer for Budd Company streamlined trains since 1933.

Philadelphia Zoo, new buildings. Concealment projects for United States Army. Naval Medical center, Bethesda.

National Academician. Member Philosophical Society New York Academy Arts and Letters, president Art Jury, City of Philadelphia. Member Pennsylvania State Art Commission, National communications of Fine Arts.


Member Societe architectes diplômes, Society Beaux Arts Architects, T-Square. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi. Member Royal Institute British Architects.

Member Academy d’Architecture Lyon, Michigan Society Architects. Trustee Philadelphia Museum. Consultant board of design New York Exposition, 1939.

Served in French Army and with 1st Division, American Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919. Member Architectural Commission, Chicago World’s Fair Centennial Celebration 1933. Clubs: Racquet, Art Alliance (Philadelphia).


Married Marguerite Lahalle, August 1905.

Paul Adolphe Cret

Anna Caroline (Durand) Cret

Marguerite Lahalle