Mid-Century Modern homes on this page are all within the city of Philadelphia  (Philadelphia County)
The first group of homes are in the West Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia


Frank boyer 1960: Louis Levy House below


This section has homes that are in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia

BUILT 1938


Louis Kahn: Esherick House, front side and rear 



Romaldo Guirgola 1963: Mrs. Thomas Raeburn White Residence, lower 2 photos by
Rollin R. La France from the Mitchell/Giurgola (Philadelphia office) Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pa.

Vanna Venturi House 1962

Robert Venturi

rear of home

Home by John Elmo and Milton Sweet 1955




John Lane Evans and Roland Taylor Addis 1964: above, 2 shots from rear  

below, front view

a modern Chestnut Hill home built in the 1970's

Montgomery and Bishop 1961

Montgomery & Bishop: rear and side view; front above right
 Montgomery and Bishop: Fleer Residence



This is an additional group of homes in the northeast section of Philadelphia


This following article is from the Philadelphia Weekly dated June 20th 2007 and was written by Gwen Shaffer

When developer Morris Milgram broke ground for Greenbelt Knoll in 1956, he built significantly more than houses. He laid the foundation for tolerance, understanding and lifelong friendships. Milgram, a pioneer in the nation's open housing movement, built Greenbelt Knoll in Northeast Philadelphia as the only planned integrated development in the city, and among the first in the United States. He stipulated that 55 percent of the buyers be white and 45 percent be nonwhite.

Residents who've lived in Greenbelt Knoll over the past 50 years met on their cherished Longford Street this past Sunday for a reunion. They flew in from as far away as New Delhi, Florida and Indiana. Under an overcast sky they exchanged hugs, reminisced and of course grilled burgers.

All 19 original homes in Greenbelt Knoll--on a cul-de-sac bounded by Pennypack Park on three sides--are similar in appearance. Each consists of a single-story rectangular box with a flat roof, broad windows, natural wood siding and a tubular metal chimney soaring toward the sky. Renowned architectural firm Montgomery & Bishop designed the houses with input from Louis Kahn.

Virginia Barlow, one of the original homeowners on Longford Street, chose plot No. 3 from a blueprint. "My husband thought ahead. He liked the design, he told me, because we'd need a house with few steps when we got older."

Roosevelt Barlow, who went on to become one of Philadelphia's first African-American fire captains, passed away about three years ago. Not long after, Virginia made the difficult decision to live in a senior citizen complex. "But the neighbors in Greenbelt Knoll always took care of me," Barlow says. "They hated to see me move."

Larry Schwartz's family made a "conscious choice" to buy a house in Greenbelt Knoll when he was in the sixth grade. "It took incredible commitment to move into this community in the mid-'60s," says Schwartz, now the spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in New Delhi. "Growing up in Greenbelt Knoll taught me to live with people who are different. That's the single most important gift my parents gave me."

Certainly the folks who moved to Greenbelt Knoll before the civil rights movement were swimming against a powerful tide. Their actions have been equated with high-profile events like the freedom marches in Mississippi and lunch counter boycotts.

Barbara Bodner was 3 when her parents bought a brand-new house in Greenbelt Knoll for about $20,000. "My parents moved here for noble and visionary reasons," Bodner says. "As a little girl I was like a hummingbird that got nectar from all the other houses. There was a real feeling of connectedness among the neighbors."

While making her rounds, the young Bodner knocked on doors of luminaries from all walks of life. Robert Nix Sr., the first African- American from Pennsylvania to serve in Congress when he was elected in 1958, was the original owner of No. 16 Longford St

Rev. Leon Sullivan, the eminent civil rights leader who founded the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, lived in No. 12 Longford St.

Milgram himself, along with his family, chose to live in house No. 5.





the following photos are of #3 the Barlow residence, mentioned in the article above


mid-century homes from the East Falls section of Philadelphia

Hasserick House Richard Neutra


Galen Schlosser 1957


                                                    Montgomery and Bishop   

Montgomery & Bishop 1958 N.William Winkelman, Jr., House more photos on

Galen Schlosser page 9                              Irwin Stein history page 10

Brassler Residence by Levinson history   One of 4 by Norman Rice history

James Reid Thompson 1956 George Starrels House


Mid-Century Modern Homes in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia

Carner House 1951 Frank Weise       


Overview of Philadelphia Area Mid-Century Modern Residential Architecture  (below on this page)   Photo overview   followed by brief written overview of Philadelphia mid-century architects  .

Time Line  of area modern homes from 1930's to today
 Mid-Century Modern Homes
Architects Who Designed Mid-Century Modern Homes in the Philadelphia Region    
 photographs of the regional homes designed by each architect are included
 Allan Berkowitz  Louis Kahn  George Nakashima
 Edward Bernstein  Vincent Kling  Richard Neutra
 Robert Bishop  Thaddeus Longstreth  Norman Rice
Frank Boyer  William Lescaze  Paul Rudolph
 Marcel Breuer  Joel Levinson  Galen Schlosser
 Armand Carroll  Thomas Mangan  Harry Sternfeld
 Albert Clauss  Irving Maitin  Irwin Stein
 Nathan Cronheim  George Mebus  Oscar Stonorov
 George Daub  Ehrman Mitchell  Frank Weise
 Kenneth Day  Newcomb Montgomery  Frank Lloyd Wright
Agoos/ Lovera LaVardera, Greg Re:Vision Architecture
Bloomfield and Associates M. G. Leach Rosenblum, Martin
Bower Lewis Thrower Metcalfe Architecture Stanev Potts
Culbert, Doug McDonald, Tim/Onion Flats Tarantino Studio
Erdy McHenry Moto Design Shop Verner, Steven
Interface Studio QB3 Webber, Brett
Jibe Design Michael Ryan Architects Wesley Wei Architects
Kieran Timberlake Rasmussen/Su Wesley Architects
Krieger & Associates
Wyant Architecture


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