Gene Leedy

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Gene Leedy
Born(1928-02-06)February 6, 1928
DiedNovember 24, 2018(2018-11-24) (aged 90)
PracticeGene Leedy Architect FAIA
BuildingsUniversity of South Florida President's Home, Winter Haven City Hall, Syd Solomon Residence & Studio, Strang Residence, American National Bank

Gene Leedy (February 6, 1928 – November 24, 2018) was an architect based in Winter Haven, Florida. Leedy was one of the pioneers of the modern movement in Florida and later one of the founders of the Sarasota School of Architecture, whose members also included Paul Rudolph, Victor Lundy and others. After beginning his career in Sarasota, Leedy moved his practice to Winter Haven, Florida in 1954.[1] Leedy is most well known for his bold use of precast concrete, especially long-span "double-tee" structural elements.

Personal life[edit]

Gene Leedy was born to Cecil Hudgins Leedy and Ethyl Ferguson Leedy on February 6, 1928 in Isaban, West Virginia. Cecil Leedy was a supervisor for a coal mining company and Ethyl taught school in a one-room schoolhouse. The family eventually moved to Gainesville, Florida where Cecil Leedy opened a small restaurant. Gene Leedy attended the University of Florida where he studied architecture. Leedy married Kathryn "Bebe" Hoge, of Tampa, Florida on July 20, 1950 in Arlington, Virginia. The couple resided in Sarasota, Florida and later moved to Winter Haven, Florida in 1954 when Gene Leedy opened his own architectural office there. Their son, Robert Hoge Leedy, was born in Winter Haven on October 17, 1956. The couple divorced in 1958. Gene Leedy later married Marjorie Frances Ingram on March 6, 1960. The couple, along with a daughter from Marjorie's previous marriage, Helen Isabel King (born August 27, 1954), resided in Winter Haven. A daughter, Marjorie "Saffie" Ingram Leedy, was born October 25, 1962 and later a son, Ingram Leedy, was born November 1, 1969. Leedy's wife, Marjorie, died on Christmas Day 2010 in Winter Haven.

Notable career achievements[edit]

Leedy was selected as one of Architectural Record's successful young architects in 1965 with a published portfolio of his work. In 1988, he was awarded the lifetime design achievement award from the Florida Association of Architects. He was installed into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1992.[2] He received the outstanding alumni award from the College of Architecture of the University of Florida in 1993. He has been extensively published in the U.S. and Europe and has received more than 50 architectural awards both nationally and statewide for his work.

He designed projects throughout the U.S. including Hawaii and a large housing project for the government of Malaysia and was a design consultant for Alfred A. Yee and Associates, Architects and Engineers, Honolulu, Hawaii for more than 25 years. Notable employees of Leedy include architects Lawrence Scarpa and Max Strang.

Honors and awards[edit]

Lifetime Design Achievement Award - Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects - 1988 Outstanding Alumni Award - University of Florida College of Architecture - 1993 Fellows of the AIA - 1992

Significant works[edit]

Commercial projects[edit]

  • Cypress Gardens Bank, Winter Haven, Florida, 1965
  • City Hall, Winter Haven, Florida, 1960
  • Gene Leedy Architectural Office, Winter Haven, Florida, 1961
  • Keiltronix Office Building, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1987
  • Taxdal Medical Center, Winter Haven, Florida, 1986
  • Flagship Bank, Orlando, Florida, 1975
  • Chamber of Commerce, Winter Haven, Florida, 1990
  • Walden Lake Country Club, Plant City, Florida 1985
  • Commerce Bank of Central Florida, Winter Haven, Florida 1990
  • American National Bank, Winter Haven, Florida, 1962
  • Brentwood Elementary School, Sarasota, Florida, 1958
  • First National Bank of Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, FL 1963

Residential projects[edit]

  • House for Contemporary Builders, Sarasota, Florida, 1950
  • Craney Homes, Inc, Winter Haven, Florida, 1956
  • Weaving/Thomasson house, Winter Haven, Florida, 1956
  • Navickas Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1957
  • Dormon Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1963
  • Builder's House for Levitt & Sons Inc, Rockledge, Florida, 1964
  • Libby Residence, Winter Park, Florida, 1957
  • Sands Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1965
  • S.A.E. Fraternity House, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1963
  • Sparrow Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1954
  • Azalea Place Townhouses, Winter Park, Florida, 1982
  • Brogden Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1979
  • Miller Residence, Plant City, Florida, 1985
  • Carlton Beach House, Boca Grande, Florida, 1985
  • Dean Residence, Winter Haven, Florida 1983
  • De Pree Residence, Marco Island, Florida 1979
  • Garcia Residence, Anna Maria Island, Florida, 1995
  • Keilhack Residence, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1979
  • Leedy Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1956 (Addition in 1998)
  • Leedy Beach House, Casey Key, Florida, 1985 (Renovation)
  • Lifsey President's House, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 1994
  • Smith Beach House, Boca Grande, Florida, 1985
  • Solomon Residence & Studio, Siesta Key, Florida, 1970
  • Strang Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1970
  • Strasberg Residence, Longwood, Florida, 1982


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  2. ^ Howey, J (1995). The Sarasota School of Architecture. The MIT Press. p. 174.
  • Hochstim, Jan. "Florida Modern." Rizzoli International Publications, 2005.
  • Howey, John. "The Sarasota School of Architecture." The MIT Press, 1995.
  • Weaving, Andrew. Sarasota Modern. Rizzoli, 2006.

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