Samuel Yellin was born in Mogilera, Galacia, Poland in 1885. As a child, his parents enrolled him in a specialized school where he developed an interest in both drawing and iron work. First apprenticed to a local Russian blacksmith, Yellin became a master blacksmith at age seventeen. Yellin moved to Philadelphia, PA in 1906 and enrolled in evening classes at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts. In 1908 he developed a class in wrought iron there, for which purpose he built a forge in a carriage house at the rear of the school. In 1909, Yellin opened his first shop in Philadelphia which he named The Industrial Ornamental Forge Co. Yellin moved his company to a larger space in 1915 and changed the name to Samuel Yellin, Metalworker, a name which he used for the remainder of his career. In 1920, the American Institute of Architects presented Yellin with a medal for his extraordinary craftsmanship. His commissions include over thirty-five major locations including universities, churches, and museums. Residential work comprised a small portion of his clientele. Yellin died in 1940.