Sketch at Fontainebleau
Haddonfield, NJ, architect Herbert R. Leicht was born in Rome, NY, to Julius and Anna (Mutschler) Leicht and received his architectual education by attending the T-Square Club atelier in the evenings while he worked in Philadelphia firms during the day. From 1911 to 1917 he worked in the Watson & Huckel office, but he spent the greater part of his Philadelphia career in the firms of Day & Klauder and Charles Z. Klauder (1919-1939). In 1921 he spent some six months studying in Europe, and two years later established his own firm in New Jersey. From 1946 to 1953 he associated with the Philadelphia office of Trautwein & Howard. In the early 1950s, he was also associated with fellow Haddonfield architect Louis H. Goettelmann (Sr.).
Leicht served on the Haddonfield Zoning Board from 1957 to 1967. In 1967 Malcolm B. Well, another New Jersey architect, wrote this tribute: ". . . his unique houses and other buildingd came to have a strong influence on arachiects in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey area. . . . Never what you'd call complacent pieces of architecture, Leicht buildings only confound those who try to copy them. Like any truly artistic works, the gifted touches that set them apart above the rest cannot be captured by rules, or be taught. But the spirit of the works can be grasped, and it is that spirit that is beginning to help architecture in this area pull away from the cold, predictable styles that have so little relation to either the region or its rich history." (reprinted in the Philadelphia Chapter, AIA, Baldwin Memorial Archive)
Sandra L. Tatman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
- Pennsylvania Society of Architects
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Beaux Arts Institute of Design
- T-Square Club
- Society of Architectural Historians
- Haddonfield Historical Society
- American Guild of Organists
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