Milton Schwartz of Sandwich, an architect of note, died at home on December 8 at the age of 102.

He was the husband of Ann Solomon-Schwartz for 47 years.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the first of the three sons of Ralph and Fanny Schwartz.

In 1942 he graduated from the department of architecture at Pennsylvania State College, receiving the Alpha Rho Chi Medal of Architecture. During the war, he was an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers in Okinawa, where he oversaw the construction of vital runways used in the effort to force Japan’s surrender. He completed his military service with the rank of major.

Mr. Schwartz then began a career as an architect. While establishing his own practice, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania with other luminaries, including Louis Khan. He went on to become one of the most influential modernist architects in Philadelphia.

He settled in Sandwich in 1978, and here built The Mews condominium development in the early 1980s, among other projects.

Mr. Schwartz designed their home to incorporate living space and studios for both himself and his wife, as well as separate guest quarters for visits from their adult children and their families. “The result is a tranquil compound of four buildings on three acres with 400-foot marsh frontage: a two-artist studio, living quarters, guest house, and utility building,” was the description written in an August 2004 article in the Enterprise about Ann Solomon’s artwork.

Rather than cutting down the 30 mature cedar trees that needed to be removed in order to build the house, Mr. Schwartz had them carefully transplanted elsewhere on the property. “The land, thus protected as much as possible from the insult of construction, seems to smile back at the owners,” and the views at different times of day “provide an artist’s dream landscape.”

Throughout his life, Mr. Schwartz was known for having “an exquisite sense of design, an abiding love of art and culture, and strong convictions about the state of our country and world,” the latter of which was illustrated in his occasional letters to the editor.

He was talkative and sharp, and maintained his style of “biting humor” until his last days.

In addition to his wife, he leaves five daughters, nine grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

His former wife and mother of four of his daughters, Stella (Wasserman) Schwartz, died in 2006.

A celebration of the life of Milton Schwartz is being planned for next year.

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