Robert Venturi

BUILT 1962

MOTHER'S HOUSE. Here is a house the architectural historian, Vincent Scully, referred to as ' the biggest small building of the second half of the twentieth century.'

As an example of Modern architecture of the 1960s it was unusual as a building whose aesthetic engaged symbolism as well as abstraction: it was Modern but it also looked like a traditional house with a sloping roof, traditional/actual windows in its facades, and explicit elements of ornament on its surfaces. And then its walls were green  rather than white! And through the openings of its exterior walls, like those of the Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier of 1928, you could see complex elements so it was simple 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 that is Mannerist via its complexity and contradictions  an approach again unusual in the Modernist mid-century. So it is Modern and Mannerist. It looks like a house! It was designed also to contain the more or less traditional furniture of Vanna Venturi.

She loved it and she loved sharing it with the many visitors from all over who would come to see it.

Robert C. Venturi
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
 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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