Leader Head. Here’s a little known architectural term that provides important support to historic buildings. A leader head refers to the box like structure found on a downspout, connected to either the gutter or a scupper. A leader head helps distribute water from the roof or gutter into the downspout. A leader head can be plain to match the adjoining gutter and downspout or may feature some type of ornamentation. The leader head will typically use the same type of metal found on the gutters/downspouts. The leader head is a simple architectural feature that serves an important role in the distribution of water away from the roof and walls.

Leader Heads on Lone Hall, Arsenal Tech (1500 East Michigan Street)