Walter Croft Architect was founded in 1960 by Walter H. Croft. A member of Petty & Croft in Moorestown, NJ Walter decided to leave the firm which concentrated primarily on schools and commercial projects to open a small practice in his own home in Riverton, NJ. Walter’s wife Anna was now the office manager as well as the mother of three.
Family owned with all the employees having Croft for a last name, as it still is today, the work turned to primarily residential and commercial. Through the next 35 plus years both sons worked with him from time to time.
Walter “Hank” Croft went on to get his degree in Architecture form Drexel University after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University. His background as a carpenter gives him the practical knowledge that helps him appreciate what the contractor has to deal with on the job. That understanding is put to good use during the construction process when field adjustments need to be made.
When Hank took over the business in 1996 the office took on a new look. With the senior Crofts starting to wind down their involvement, sister-in-law Elizabeth Croft took over as the office manager and bookkeeper. Since she had worked for Hanks father and mother for some time the transition was seamless.
In February 2002 Hank’s brother Jeff returned to the family business he had briefly worked for many years earlier. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, his work in various parts of the construction field added to the practical knowledge the firm has.
Shortly after Jeff reconnected with the firm we decided to start the transition to Computer Aided Drafting to help with the expanded workload. That summer Jeff enrolled in Drexel’s summer program to learn AutoCAD. The transition to AutoCAD was completed in the fall of that year and the pencil and paper was set aside.
As the demands of the office grew more help was needed so Hank’s wife Jill joined the family workplace. Her degree in Graphic Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University adds another level of skill to the group.