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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

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

Almost Nude

Almost Nude

January 12, 2012  |  Vantage

Ben Leech interviews the architects who will renovate the 1952 Mercantile Library on Chestnut Street, the long-boarded up building that Louis Mumford called one of the best examples of mid-century modern architecture in the nation > more