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Martin Hawley McLanahan (1865-1929) was a Philadelphia-based real estate developer who was also a close friend of Christopher Morley. Trained at Washington College, he joined the firm of the influential Arts and Crafts architect Will Price in 1903. McLanahan funded the firm's growth with money at his disposal after his marriage to Elsie Schoen, daughter of the railroad manufacturer Charles T. Schoen. In 1901, he had helped Price establish the Rose Valley Association, a community in Moylan, Pennsylvania based on the Arts and Crafts principles of William Morris. Soon after he became partners with Price, who had built a number of significant Arts and Crafts homes in the greater Philadelphia area, the firm expanded, receiving major commercial commissions first in Pennsylvania and then across the country. Price became known for his innovative work using reinforced concrete. After Price's death in 1916, McLanahan continued the firm with Ralph Bencker until 1925 and died four years later.
A letter from Hawley McLanahan to Christopher Morley, 12 August 1926
This letter, from McLanahan's home in France to "Kit" Morley, contains a great deal of information about their friendship, much of which centered around their love of fine wine.