B. Franklin Leeds appears in the Philadelphia city directories from 1867 to 1888. He cites himself as an architect from 1868 to 1872, when he shares an office address with George S. Bethell at 528 Walnut Street, and in 1873, when his address is also that for Addison Hutton, at 215 South 5th Street. From 1876 to 1878 he lists himself as a ventilating engineer, but returns to architecture in 1880, with an office at 528 Walnut Street. From 1880 to 1888 he appears only sporadically in the Philadelphia city, always with the Walnut Street office address, but often with no residential address, until 1880 when his residence is noted as "California." Some credence is lent to this residential location because in 1900 Leeds issued a history of the Leeds Family authored by Clara Louise Humeston and published in Los Angeles.
Sandra L. Tatman.
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