HOUSE. Here is a house the architectural historian, Vincent
referred to as ' the biggest small building of the second
half of the twentieth century.'
an example of Modern architecture of the 1960s it was unusual
as a building
whose aesthetic engaged symbolism as well as abstraction: it
but it also looked like a traditional house with a sloping
windows in its facades, and explicit elements of ornament on
And then its walls were green rather than white! And through
the openings of its exterior walls, like those of the Villa
Le Corbusier of 1928, you could see complex elements so it was
outside and complex inside: it was designed from the outside
in as well
as the inside out. All this could add up to an architecture
Mannerist via its complexity and contradictions an approach
again unusual in the Modernist mid-century. So it is Modern
It looks like a house! It was designed also to contain the
more or less
traditional furniture of Vanna Venturi.
loved it and she loved sharing it with the many visitors from
who would come to see it.
Principal, Venturi Scott
Brown & Associatesre
Index to MODERN HOMES PHILADELPHIA History Pages
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