Those Places Thursday: Leonard Broida’s Architecture

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The Lorraine Shop, designed by Leonard L. Broida. Article in the 28 June 1929 Jewish Criterion, Vol. 74, No. 28, Page 35, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.
The Lorraine Shop, designed by Leonard L. Broida. Article in the 28 June 1929 Jewish Criterion, Vol. 74, No. 28, Page 35, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.

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Leonard L. Broida (1901-1977) trained as an architect at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Architecture Class of 1923, and while studying in Europe for one year.

Leonard L. Broida- European Studies. In the Jewish Criterion, 7 December 1923, Vol. 62, No. 6, Page 27, courtesy of Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.
Leonard L. Broida- European Studies. In the Jewish Criterion, 7 December 1923, Vol. 62, No. 6, Page 27, courtesy of Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.
Leonard L. Broida- Returns from European Studies. In the Jewish Criterion, 9 May 1924, Vol. 63, No. 26, Page 26, courtesy of Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.
Leonard L. Broida- Returns from European Studies. In the Jewish Criterion, 9 May 1924, Vol. 63, No. 26, Page 26, courtesy of Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.

It was not long before he opened an architectural firm with Maurice G. Uslan.

Opening of the architectural firm of Leonard L. Broida and Maurice G. Uslan, in the October 1924 Carnegie Alumnus, page 21, Carnegie Institute of Technology Alumni Federation.
Opening of the architectural firm of Leonard L. Broida and Maurice G. Uslan, in the October 1924 Carnegie Alumnus, page 21, Carnegie Institute of Technology Alumni Federation.
Advertisement for the architectural firm of Leonard L. Broida and Maurice G. Uslan, in the 24 September 1924 Jewish Criterion, Vol. 64, No. 20, Page 175, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.
Advertisement for the architectural firm of Leonard L. Broida and Maurice G. Uslan, in the 24 September 1924 Jewish Criterion, Vol. 64, No. 20, Page 175, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.

Leonard’s designs were definitely influenced by his time abroad, as he describes in this interview that goes along with the image at the top of this post:

The Lorraine Shop, designed by Leonard L. Broida, and interview. Article in the 28 June 1929 Jewish Criterion, Vol. 74, No. 28, Page 35, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.
The Lorraine Shop, designed by Leonard L. Broida, and interview. Article in the 28 June 1929 Jewish Criterion, Vol. 74, No. 28, Page 35, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.

Leonard took his architect’s vision of modern, timeless beauty, and translated it into economical buildings to grace our city streets for many years.

 

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