Kenneth Day

Born 1/25/1901, died 2/20/1958  Son of well known architect Frank Miles Day. B.S. Architecture 1922 U of Pa. Trained in Beaux Arts and shifted efforts in the 1930's to integration of the International Style principals with regional design.

Miquon Houses 1937

Charles Woodward House 1939

KENNETH MACKENZIE DAY (1901-1958), a native of Chestnut Hill, designed 8220 Millman for George Woodward. As the most prominent example of the International Style in Chestnut Hill, the house embodies many of the characteristic formal qualities of the movement including an emphasis on abstraction, a rejection of applied ornamentation and decoration, and a belief in the potential of machine age technology and materials. The clearly expressed volumes and finely rendered openings are of brick construction painted with a white-wash finish to convey a sense of abstraction. A steel structure provides for expansive interior spaces which, on the garden side, open gracefully to the exterior. The handsomely proportioned front door suggests the 2-story entry hall beyond?a space dominated by a spectacular free standing circular stair. The stair is supported, in part, by a parapet rail of birch plywood which was a novel material for the domestic market at the time. The curvilinear wall adjacent to the entry originally housed a service court (now enclosed) and beyond, a large, two-car garage (now filled in) signalled the increasing importance of the automobile in American life.

William Whitaker
Curator, Architectural Archives
University of Pennsylvania

Kenneth Day 1954-1958 Peter Dechert House



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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