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Ritcher & Eiler, Architects

August 3, 2017

The Lebanon and later Reading, Pennsylvania architectural office of Ritcher & Eiler [spellcheck insists on “correcting” it to the more familiar “Richter”] evolved through a long period. The slightly younger Eiler served as Ritcher’s draughtsman from 1904-1914 then as associate for six years; their association lasted until 1931. Their market area in eastern Pennsylvania has a high proportion of Lutherans, so it isn’t surprising that they designed several churches for that denomination.

Brief biographies for the partners, Abner A. Ritcher [1872-1929] and Howard I. Eiler [1881-1959], can be found on a site devoted to architects in Philadelphia but which includes others throughout the state and beyond. R&I advertised their services in denominational periodicals like The Methodist YearbookThe Expositor, and The Lutheran Church Yearbook.

Other Pennsylvania churches include Harrisburg and one of several in Philadelphia.

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