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Ben Leech

Ben Leech is the former 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

Philly Schools Offer Lessons in Architecture. Can We Pass the Preservation Test?

Philly Schools Offer Lessons in Architecture. Can We Pass the Preservation Test?

December 2, 2015  |  Vantage

Philadelphia's public school stock is an incredible melange of architectural styles and eras. With only four schools legally protected by the local historical register, not much stands in the way of developers opting for demolition over reuse. Contributor Ben Leech raises a red flag with this call for a reexamination of district policy and a citywide preservation intervention > more

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