Harry Sternfeld (1888-1976)

Harry Sternfeld a Philadelphia native, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. He became head of architecture at Carnegie-Mellon University and later joined the Faculty at Penn. Like his student Louis Kahn, Sternfeld was, in his early years, strongly influenced by developments in France and, in particular, the Beaux-arts approach. 

Sternfeld's evolution as a modern architect began in the early 1930's when he started to incorporate aspects of Art Deco into his design vocabulary. The U.S. Post office and Court House at 9th and Market Streets(below right) in Center City Philadelphia and his WCAU building at 1618 Chestnut Street(below left) are notable examples nationally.  Continuing his practice into the 1950's, Sternfeld designed th Germantown Jewish Center (large photograph below) built between 1950 and 1954.



Lawrence House(1954-55)
This mid-century modern designed by Sternfeld  has details not seen in other modern homes of the period, and has the substantial feel of his more public work. This dramatic home was placed far back on the site facing the approach to take full advantage of the south facing light.




 
detail of 2 of the fireplaces, living room projecting black marble
 




This home was designed by Sternfeld in 1936, note some of the Art Deco details




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



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