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Born: 9/21/1947, Died: 8/17/1987

Architect, preservationist, and developer Reed Longnecker was born in Paoli, PA, the son of Henry C. Longnecker, an executive with the pharmaceutical firm of Smith, Kline & French. Reed Longnecker attended the Kent School in Kent, CT and Worksop College in Nottinghamshire, U.K., before earning an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1970. He went on to complete an M.Arch. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, followed by an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the same institution in 1980. While an architecture student, he won third place in the Stewardson Design Competition in 1973.

After completing his architecture degree, Longnecker worked for Francis, Cauffman, Wilkinson & Pepper from 1973 until 1976. He then managed the practice of Walter K. Duhram in its final chapter, and then opened his own office at the close of 1977. Longnecker become vice president for project planning for Landmark Associates after earning his business degree, and worked for them in Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. At the time of his premature death he had recently moved to Boston, MA to accept a position with Bulfinch Developers.

Longnecker was active in several Philadelphia organizations, including the Preservation Coalition. He served as president of Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and as director and president for Historic Rittenhouse, Inc. He also served as treasurer of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Written by Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Athenaeum of Philadelphia
  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • Historic Rittenhouse
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Johns Hopkins University

 

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