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William Bell Leatherbee, American architect. Registered architect, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland; licensed planner, New Jersey. Recipient Distinguished Building award Pennsylvania Society Architects American Institute of Architects, 1972, award for excellence in masonry design Delaware Valley Masonry Institute, 1978, Legion of Honor award Chapel of the Four Chaplains, 1985.


Leatherbee, William Bell was born on April 13, 1938 in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Son of John Howland and Helen Luscombe (Ullmann) Leatherbee.


Bachelor, Harvard College, 1959; Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1963.


Designer, H2L2 Architects/Planners, Philadelphia, 1963-1964; designer, Vincent G. Kling Associations, Philadelphia, 1964-1965; architect, Bower & Fradley Architects, Philadelphia, 1965-1968; project manager, Richard Martin & Associations, Philadelphia, 1968-1969; private practice, Philadelphia, since 1969. President Benezet Court, Inc., Philadelphia, 1973-1980. Architectural critic, instructor Drexel U., Philadelphia, 1972-1983.


  • Registered architect, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland. Licensed planner, New Jersey.


  • Other Work

    • Principal works include rehabilitation of low income single family houses Allegheny West Foundation, 1993, Group Home for Boys, Philadelphia, 1991, Southwest Senior Center for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, 1989, award winning indoor tennis facility and parking garage. Consultant architect for shopping centers, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, office building complexes, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey.


Director, chairman properties and buildings committees Boys and Girls Clubs Philadelphia, since 1984. Lieutenant commander United States Coast Guard Reserve Reserve, 1959-1970. Member American Institute of Architects (director Philadelphia chapter 1983-1984, American Arbitration Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Association Housing and Redevelopment Officials (director, treasurer 1974-1990).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sailing, skiing, gardening.


Married Tabitha Susan Allen, July 2, 1960 (divorced 1987). Children: Lydia Leah, Rachel Lyn.

John Howland Leatherbee

Helen Luscombe (Ullmann) Leatherbee

Tabitha Susan Allen

Lydia Leah Leatherbee

Rachel Lyn Leatherbee