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Howard Leland Smith

Howard Leland Smith, American architect. Member American Institute Architects, Long Island Society Architects, National Advisory Council on School Building Problems.; Member Dutch Reformed Church; Mason (32). Invented the Multi-Use Blackboard fixture, recognized by National Education Association as the outstanding development in classroom equipment at Cleveland Convention, 1934.

Background

  • Smith, Howard Leland was born on January 27, 1894 in Avoca, New York, United States. Son of Charles Howard and Essie (Crandall) Smith.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1916, A.M. 1917. Student under Lailcux of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1919.

    Career

    • Began as architectural designer for Foster Warner, Rochester, New York 1913. With Cass Gilbert, New York 1919. Then consultant architect Hudson River Bridge County, New York practiced under own name in New York City until 1935.

      Chief architect for Federal Housing Administration, 1935-1944, principal architectural advisor on administrative staff, underwriting div., 1944-1947. Consultant architect Rental Housing Division, 1947-1950, chief technical advisor Cooperative Housing Division, 1950-1953. With Richard Hawley Cutting & Associates, architects and engrs., 1953-1958, director overseas operations, 1956.

      Consultant International Technologists S.A. Architect Democratic National Committee for National Convention, Philadelphia, 1936 (on leave from government position). Lectured and gave radio broadcasts on principles of planning small houses, 1937-1938.

    Works

    • Contributor articles on housing, prefabrication.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Member American Institute Architects, Long Island Society Architects, National Advisory Council on School Building Problems. Member Dutch Reformed Church. Mason (32). Invented the Multi-Use Blackboard fixture, recognized by National Education Association as the outstanding development in classroom equipment at Cleveland Convention, 1934.

    Connections

    • Married Martha Bodine Strong, October 1, 1921. Children: Adeline Birdsall Smith (Mistress.
    • father: Charles Howard Smith
    • mother: Essie (Crandall) Smith
    • spouse: Martha Bodine Strong
    • child: Adeline Birdsall Smith (Mrs Smith
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    Born January 27, 1894
    Died March 19, 1974
    (aged 80)
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