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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

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

Doppelgangers

Doppelgangers

December 15, 2011  |  Found

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