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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

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

Doppelgangers

Doppelgangers

December 15, 2011  |  Found

Separated at birth: twin buildings five and a half miles apart > more

Schuylkill View, Manayunk

Schuylkill View, Manayunk

December 13, 2011  |  Found

In Manayunk, a crazy, jagged stone roofline led Ben Leech up a set of stairs and onto the remains of an estate called Schuylkill View > more

Demolition Begins At Sidney Hillman Medical Center

Demolition Begins At Sidney Hillman Medical Center

November 28, 2011  |  Buzz

Icon of 1950s modernism to be replaced by high rise development > more

Progress

Progress

October 13, 2011  |  Last Light

Exploring an alley near Jewelers Row, where the ornate architecture of another era survives amid the flotsam and jetsam of the present > more