Archives > Historical Features > Exhibits


To Hannah and Spence:
Holiday greeting cards from the Roaches

From the Architectural Alumni Graphics Collection of Franklin Spencer Roach and Hannah Benner Roach


Franklin Spencer Roach (1906-1987), B.Arch. 1928
Hannah Benner Roach(1907-1976), BFA 1929, B.Arch. 1935


The 1940 Roach holiday cardSpencer worked at a number of prominent architectural firms in the city, most notably the firms of Robert Rodes McGoodwin and Harbeson, Hough, Livingston and Larson. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Pennsylvania Society of Architects and served as Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.

Among his clients were the Pennsylvania State University and the Thomas Jefferson University. He also participated in historical restoration projects for the Independence National Historic Park, the Free Quaker Meeting House and Mount Pleasant.


Hannah was associated with the architectural firms of Charles A. Klauder, R. Brognard Okie, Robert Rodes McGoodwin and Harbeson, Hough, Livingston and Larson. In the 1950's, however, she turned to genealogical research, teaching courses at the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and at the World Conference on Records in Salt Lake City. She served as Editor for the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and as a Research Associate for the William Penn Papers.


The three greeting cards below were sent by the Roaches (reading from left to right) for the years 1941, 1966 and 1971:

Image of 1941 Roach cardImage of 1961 Roach cardImage of Roach snowflake card, 1971