Deborah Boardman Lefevre


Deborah Boardman Photography & The Morris House Hotel and M Restaurant

Deborah Boardman Lefevre was born in Haddonfield, NJ and is one of six children.  Born to a Japanese mother and  an English father, her life was full of influences from the two cultures, both in the arts and sciences.

Deborah trained as a classical ballet dancer in a boarding school outside of Chicago, and returned to the east coast in 1976 to become a member of The Pennsylvania Ballet.  Her performing days lasted only 4 short years though, and in 1980 a serious back injury ended her promising career.

Having a passion for photography, Deborah opened her own studio in 1980 and for the last 34 years has developed a huge client base of not only performing artists, but many large corporate offices, non profits, and hospitality clients.  Her expertise from her days of performing make her the perfect match for those artists needing audition photos, and that is her true love, photographing dancers.

Her husband Gene Lefevre is a real estate developer who specializes in historic renovations. The Lit Brother’s building at 8th and Market is his claim to fame, as his partnership saved that building from demolition 24 hours before the wrecking ball hit in 1885.  Gene and his partner presently own The Morris House Hotel and M Restaurant in center city, and Deborah manages both businesses.  A quaint historic property that was built in 1787, it is a 15-room hotel with an elegant outdoor garden and a wonderful on site restaurant, featuring many of the vegetables that Gene and Deborah grow at their farm in Frenchtown, NJ.

Deborah and Gene have been married for 29 years and have a 24 year old son Thomas, who graduated from UPenn and is now the Economic and Strategic Planner for Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pittsburgh.