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Born: 5/2/1882, Died: 2/7/1952

Leicester B. Holland was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Dr. James W. and Mary Boggs (Rupert) Holland. His father was at one time dean of the Jefferson Medical College; and when the younger Bodine graduated from William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia in 1898, he intended to follow his father in the profession of medicine. Architecture soon won him away, however; and after receiving a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1902, he gained his B.S. in Architecture in 1904, subsequently receiving his M.A. in 1917 and his Ph.D in 1919, all from the University of Pennsylvania. His apprenticeship in architecture was served chiefly with Wilson Eyre in Philadelphia and with the Boston firm of Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson; but by 1907 he and Carl Howell had established the partnership of Howell & Holland, an arrangement which would endure some five years before Holland began to pursue with enthusiasm his interest in archaeology, an interest which would eventually carry him away from the design aspects of the architectural profession.

From 1913 to 1946 Holland was a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, at the same time serving as Chief of the Division of Fine Arts and holder of the Carnegie Chair at the Library of Congress. From 1945 to 1946 he was a lecturer in classical archaeology at Bryn Mawr College and from 1946 to 1947 an architect with the Corinth excavations of the American School in Athens.

Holland had joined the AIA in 1913 and later became a fellow of the Institute. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club and of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Sketch Club
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Arachaeological Institute of America

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • American School in Athens


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