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Ben Leech

Ben Leech is a preservationist, architectural historian and illustrator based in Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Instagram @bentleech and support his capitalist alter-ego at Archivolt Press

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

At Holmesburg, Making Difficult Impressions

At Holmesburg, Making Difficult Impressions

January 25, 2012  |  Vantage

Ben Leech meets the Spanish artists who turned the walls of Holmeburg cells into architectural prints displayed at Moore College's gallery > more