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PHILADELPHIA AREA
MID-CENTURY MODERN AND MODERN RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE
HISTORY      
 
 
OUTLINE OF SITE:

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
 
PHOTOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW 
 
                 


Following are photos of some of my favorite Philadelphia-area mid-century homes, illustrating the range of residential architecture being built during this period. These homes are not for sale and are included here for historical reference only. To protect the privacy of owners, no specific locations are shown. Additional views of many of these homes may be found by clicking on the names of architects in the list at the top of this page. The page ends with a brief overview of some of the architects working in the Philadelphia area during this period. 





Frank Weise 1951: Bernard Weise residence Weise background information
                                                     
 
Louis Kahn 1951: Genel House, front and side view   Kahn background information 
   
 

Louis Kahn 1967: Fisher House                   Louis Kahn 1959 Esherick 

   
Oscar Stonorov Note the all-glass high-ceilinged living space projecting over the hilltop.
background information on Stonorov
                               

 
Montgomery & Bishop  Montgomery & Bishop background information         
                                                      
 

Montgomery & Bishop Incredible home on 3 private acres near Center City Philadelphia 

   
Richard Neutra: Hassrick House, side & living room   Neutra background information
  
 
Kenneth Day: rear and front  Day background information
                 
   
Paley House                                                  Arbutus House 1947: My home in the 90's
Now part of Philadelphia University              100 feet of south-facing glass 

 
Frank Boyer 1960: Louis E. Levy House  Boyer background information

   
   
Jules Gregory: The architect's personal home; guest house top right Gregory background Information   
     
               
  
 Frank Weise: Carner House  Weise background information

 
Armond Carroll
: Fisher Residence   Carroll background information


Paul Rudolph     Rudolph background information

 
 Frank Weise; Ted Agoos: addition    
 
 
 Louis Kahn 1942: Oser House Kahn background information

     
Louis Kahn 1962: Clever House           Frank Lloyd Wright   Wright background information

 
    Early Prefab Tech home link                                                 Information on Schlosser


 Ehrman Mitchell: Mitchell Residence 1957        Background on Mitchell                                                         

Alan Berkowitz 1955
 Berkowitz background information   Dusseau House 1949 

 
Louis Kahn 1947: AIA Medal Winner located in Montgomery Count Kahn information                                      

                                                                      Peter Clauss 1955  Clauss  information

 
William Lescaze 1934; Roy Spreter: studio; Martin Rosenblum 2004-9 addition



The next 6 photos are of some of the Irwin Stein homes.   background information Stein
   
 




                                               
 
Two recently built Modern Homes

 
Thaddeus Longstreth began his career with Neutra. Two examples of his work
background information Longstreth
 
 
Frank Schlesinger: His personal home          Fox
  
    
George Daub information

 
George Smith information


Irving Maitin 1953: Maitin House  background on Irving Maitin 

 


 
Frank Weise  background information on Weise


William Eshbach 1953: Rossman Residence


 
Thomas Mangan  background information on Mangan

 
   

Arthur White   Background information on White

   
Harry Sternfeld  Background information on Sternfeld
   

Joel Levinson              Additional information on Levinson                         

  
Irwin Stein                                                      Frank Lloyd Wright

 
George Nakashima: Nakashima Conoid Studio   Background on Nakashima

 

 Oscar Stonorov     background                  Vincent Kling     background


Frank Weise  Additional information on Frank Weise

 
Arthur Tofani
:Dionofrio Residence     Tofani background information

 OVERVIEW OF ARCHITECTS

 Following is an overview of architects involved with modern home designs in the Philadelphia area from the 1930's through the 1960's. The work of most of these architects may be found by clicking on the names of architects on the list at the top of this page.   

 Early modern homes in the Philadelphia region were influenced by the international style of the European Bauhaus movement. George Howe and Kenneth Day were the first to bring the influence of the international style to homes in the Philadelphia area. Oscar Stonorov's early work in the area shows evidence of his start in the Bauhaus movement. After WWII Howe, Day, and Stonorov maintained lean practices, although Stonorov's had grown by the 1960's. Louis Kahn established his own office after association with Howe and Stonorov. Many Philadelphia architects designing modern homes in the 1950's and 1960's began their careers working in the office of Louis Kahn. Norman Rice, a classmate of Kahn's, was another Philadelphia architect influenced by the international style due to his time in Paris with LeCorbusier. 

Beginning in the 1950's, a number of firms became known for their modern work. Vincent Kling was the first to build a firm fully committed to the modern esthetic. Newcomb Montgomery and Robert Bishop did modern work with an appreciation of local traditions. Their homes, such as the Winkleman House in East Falls, used local stone to grand effect. Jules Gregory and Alan Berkowitz also became know for their modern work.
 
Philadelphia has a number of homes designed by architects with a national presence. These include homes by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Paul Rudolph and Richard Neutra. This group not only designed homes here but taught and/or worked with Philadelphia modern architects. Frank Weise, a student of Gropius and Breuer at Harvard, designed some of the most interesting and original modern homes in the area. These include the Bernard Weise house in Abington and the Carner House in Roxborough. Irving Maitin also studied at Harvard with Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. His personal residence shows the classic simplicity of a great mid-century home. Thaddeus Longstreth first worked with Richard Neutra in California. After moving to Philadelphia and setting up an independent practice, Longstreth continued to work with Neutra on the homes designed by Neutra in the area. Irwin Stein studied under Paul Rudolph at the University of Pennsylvania and worked in the offices of Stonorov, Weise and Kling. Stein then set up an independent practice designing many mid-century modern homes in the region.
 
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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