Edward Bernstein

 A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Architecture, Edward Harrison Bernstein designed a number of residences in the Penn Valley and Gladwyne areas during the1950s and 1960s. Each project responds to the rational planning practices espoused by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and his protégé Marcel Breuer whose influence came to dominate American architecture in the decade following the end of World War II. A particular development, the Bi- Nuclear Plan, was a hallmark of the period, characterized by the separa-
Perlmutter House 1957 Separation of living and sleeping areas into distinct pavilions typically connected by a glass enclosed breezeway. 

Bernstein's Perlmutter House for the architects sister Dorothy Bernstein Perlmutter (completed in 1957) reflects this planning strategy, adapting the layout to the sloped terrain of the site. Large glass expanses are directed towards the wooded site.



Bernstein Personal Residince 1959

The 3rd residence designed by Edward Bernstein, all with shared property lines was for his brother Herbert. This photo is of the Herbert J. Bernstein Residence around built around 1956. The 1957 photo below is of the original structure. The home on this site currently is altered beyond recognition of this original integrity.


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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