Mourning in the Morning: Leander McCord, Jr. - Rochester's Architect of the Roaring Twenties
Leander W. McCord Jr. was one of the Rochester region's foremost residential architects of the Jazz Age. His career spanned from the early 1910s through the late 1940s, reaching its zenith during the roaring ‘20s when his accomplishments were heralded in newspapers and his design capabilities were in demand by the rich and famous as well as the burgeoning middle class. He crafted his homes in a multitude of styles, but his specialty was stately and whimsical Tudor Revival designs that rivaled the best work of the esteemed Syracuse architect Ward Wellington Ward. Despite being responsible for the design of hundreds of homes and buildings, having passed from this mortal realm a life-long bachelor his legacy and recognition faded into obscurity. Since 2008, Chris Brandt has been researching and raising awareness about Leander McCord Jr's life and career. This presentation, richly illustrated, will share the remarkable accomplishments of an architect, whose name it is hoped will no longer just be one memorialized in a simple epitaph of stone.
Christopher Brandt is a project architect at Bero Architecture, a firm with over 40 years of expertise in historic preservation practice. He