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Ben Leech

Ben Leech is the Director of Advocacy at the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and is a proud dual citizen of Philadelphia and Lancaster (a Philancadelphisterian?). He dabbles in illustration, architectural and otherwise. Some of his extracurricular activities are on display at btleech.tumblr.com. E-mail him at: ben[at]preservationalliance[dot]com

City Shouldn't Sell Visitor's Center Short

City Shouldn’t Sell Visitor’s Center Short

February 14, 2014  |  Soapbox

This week, Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke agreed on J.F.K. Plaza redevelopment guidelines that left the fate of the flying saucer-shaped Visitor's Center up in the air. Preservation Alliance Advocacy Director Ben Leech argues that this flamboyant modernist structure is worth keeping > more

A Saga In <em>Sculpture:</em> The Barnes Brings Ellsworth Kelly Milestone Home To Philadelphia For The Summer

A Saga In Sculpture: The Barnes Brings Ellsworth Kelly Milestone Home To Philadelphia For The Summer

May 1, 2013  |  Vantage

With 'Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall', the Barnes Foundation's first contemporary exhibition in 90 years, and the first at the Parkway location, Kelly's Lobby Sculpture comes home to Philadelphia (albeit temporarily). Ben Leech traces its Penn Center roots and finds paralleling stories in overlapping eras > more

Forgotten Furness Arch Uncovered, Restoration Process Begins

Forgotten Furness Arch Uncovered, Restoration Process Begins

October 18, 2012  |  News

Ben Leech on the story of a Penn Design student's uncovering of the long forgotten 1876 arch, designed by Frank Furness for the Centennial world's fair, and the effort to clean it up > more

Deco City? One Of The Best

Deco City? One Of The Best

April 27, 2012  |  Vantage

Ben Leech makes the case that there's as much Art Deco in Philly as anywhere and more Philly in Art Deco than everywhere else > more

Louis, We Hardly Knew Ye

Louis, We Hardly Knew Ye

April 17, 2012  |  Soapbox

Ben Leech traces the undeveloped connection between Philadelphia and the great architect Louis Sullivan to forgotten plans for Island City, an amusement park that was to be built on Petty's Island > more