Born in Riverton, NJ, Charles Wellford Leavitt, Jr., received his early education at the Gunnery in Washington, CT, and at Cheltenham Academy in Cheltenham, PA. He began his career as an engineer in 1891, and by 1893 had secured a position with the New York Suburban Land Company. In 1894 Leavitt became city engineer for Essex Fells, NJ, and in 1896 was associated with the East Jersey Water Company. In 1897 Leavitt opened his own office in New York City and styled himself a "landscape engineer." In the early 1920s Leavitt's firm expanded with the admission of his son and became Charles Wellford Leavitt & Son.
Leavitt's connections to New Jersey and Pennsylvania remained strong although his office continued its base in New York. He received considerable attention for his plan for the Charles M. Schwab gardens in Loretto, PA, and also designed Pennypack Park in Philadelphia and the Cooper River park system in Camden, NJ. Expanding into collegiate work, Leavitt's firm provided plans for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and the Tome Institute in Port Deposit, MD.
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