LeRoy Bradley a local Fort Wayne Architect who was born in Fort Wayne February 1, 1895. He was the son of Edgar and Cordelia Bradley, LeRoy attended Central High School in Fort Wayne. Bradley completed his architectural training at the University of Illinois in 1917 but instead of joining a firm he enlisted into the Arm Forces to go fight in the First World War. He was overseas for a year, he attended officers Training School and as commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Artillery. He remained in Frances after Armistice while still in the service and attended École Des Beaux-Arts at the University of Lyons. LeRoy returned to the United States in July of 1919 and was discharged from the service the same year. He married his wife Cora Steinbach on June 22, 1923, they had a son they named Karl LeRoy on July 11, 1930. Bradley and his wife were college educated, his wife had attended the University of Chicago and had been a school teacher before they married. LeRoy Bradley died on August 20th, 1959 at the age of 64 years old,

Three years after leaving the United States military LeRoy was admitted to the firm of Griffith and Goodrich. His partnership with the Griffith & Goodrich was short lived by 1926 he left to join and create a new firm with Dan Babcock in 1926. His first offices with Bradley & Babcock were located at 221 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN. Later offices transferred to a later located at 225 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN. LeRoy did leave Bradley & Babcock Firm to eventually go off to work independently. Bradley designed floor plans of the relocated four army barracks which is now known the Residence Hall which is now a part of the Summit Community Center. A small Christian college campus that is also a community center, the Residence Hall is now known as the Oakland Apartments. Bradley had also designed the first addition to the First Missionary Church of Fort Wayne Indiana. Bradley became quite known for his designs of schools in which he specialized in, by the end of his career he had designed over 140 school projects, as well as other works he is accredited with.

LeRoy Bradley had been highly involved in the community and public affairs outside his work as an Architect. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, Sigma Tau professional engineering fraternity, the Gargoyle Society, Fort Wayne Architectural Club, belong to all the Fort Wayne bodies of Masonry, and both the York and Scottish Rites and Shrine. LeRoy had also been past presidents of several other organizations such as the Exchange Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As well as very active in the Plymouth Congregational Church here in Fort Wayne.

LeRoy Bradley 1895-1959


Notable Structures Designed by LeRoy Bradley

  1. Butler Gym addition and replacement of its boiler and heating system
  2. Bremen School
  3. LaPaz School
  4. Bourbon School
  5. An $80,000 Addition to Fremont Institution c. 1939.
  6. Designed The Bourbon Public Library
  7. LeRoy Designed the Grade School Culver, Indiana
  8. The Residence Hall known the Oakland Apartments apart of the Summit,
  9. 1035 W Rudisil Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46807
  10. Fort Wayne Engraving Company, 120 W. Superior St. 1929, was designed by Bradley & Babcock
  11. First Missionary Church, 701 W Rudisill Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46807

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Further Readings and citations

  1. 1940 US Census. http://www.archives.com/1940-census/leroy-bradley-in-25922345
  2. The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects. http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1004732.aspx
  3. INDIANA-L Archives. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/INDIANA/2002-11/1038259703
  4. The Fort Wayne Sentinel June 9, 1923. https://www.newspapers.com/image/29142723/?terms=LeRoy%2BBradley
  5. Historic Buildings and Structuresof the West Central Neighborhood AssociationFort Wayne, Indiana. http://www.westcentralneighborhood.org/BldgHistories.htm
  6. The Summit History page. https://thesummitfw.com/tag/residence/

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