A native of Philipsburg, Pa., Mr. Batcheler earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
In the 1960s, he was living in an 18th-century rowhouse on Elfreth's Alley in Old City when he met Penelope Hartshorne, a historic preservationist who was restoring another house on the street. "She caught my eye because she even washed windows with enthusiasm," Mr. Batcheler later told a reporter. At the time, she was on the team of National Park Service professionals who were restoring Independence Hall.
They married in 1968 and bought a run-down house in Society Hill for $15,000, which they restored. "Ours was a marriage made in heaven. I learned that my wife could move mountains," Mr. Batcheler told a reporter when his wife died in 2007.
He and his wife enjoyed hiking, sailing, skiing, and socializing with their many friends. About nine years ago they built a vacation house in Center Sandwich, N.H., that he designed. "It was their dream home," his sister-in-law Beverly Batcheler said.
Mr. Batcheler was a member of the Carpenter's Company of Philadelphia, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the American Swedish Historical Museum, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
"George was a kind and gentle soul as well as a generous supporter of peace and an example of it," Beverly Batcheler said.
Mr. Batcheler is survived by brothers John and William; and three nieces.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Race Street Friends Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, where Mr. Batcheler had been a faithful member for 50 years.
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