Willard Rouse

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Willard Rouse
Willard Goldsmith Rouse III

June 19, 1942
DiedApril 30, 2003 (age 60)
Known forLand development, Shopping Malls
Parent(s)Willard Rouse II[1]
RelativesJames Rouse - Uncle

Willard Goldsmith Rouse III (June 19, 1942 – April 30, 2003) was an American real estate developer.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Willard Rouse was a native of Baltimore, Maryland. In 1966, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in English.[3]


Rouse was the developer of One Liberty Place, designed by Helmut Jahn, the first structure in Philadelphia to exceed the traditional height limitation established by the top of the statue of William Penn atop Philadelphia City Hall. He famously clashed with city planner Edmund Bacon over the landmark development, which was quickly followed by additional tall buildings. Rouse was the nephew of developer James Rouse.

Rouse founded Rouse and Associates, a real estate development company primarily focused on office and industrial development in select cities in the United States. In 1994 the company went public as a UPREIT and is now known as Liberty Property Trust (Ticker:LPT), headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Rouse was also involved in the construction of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Personal life[edit]

Rouse was married to Susannah Rouse and had eight children.[3] In 2003, he died from lung cancer in his home in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania [3]


  1. ^ Joseph Rocco Mitchell, David L. Stebenne. New City Upon A Hill, A History of Columbia of Maryland. p. 29.
  2. ^ "Willard G. Rouse III". Liberty Property Trust. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Saxon, Wolfgang (2003-05-29). "Willard G. Rouse III, 60, Dies; Shaped Philadelphia Skyline". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-20.

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