Homes by Irwin Stein
Stein, Irwin J. (b 1930), architect. Born
in WestPhiladelphia/ educated at the University of Penn (1953) where he
studied with Paul Rudolph/ worked in the offices of Oscar Stonorov,
Frank Weise and Howell Lewis Shay/ independent practice from ca. 1956
on/ Stein has designed over 150 structures, mostly residences, in
greater Philadelphia and Florida.
Irwin Stein in October 2008 in front of 1960 Hyman Residence
homes designed by Irwin Stein vary greatly in style. But they have
some similar characteristics such as steps with shallow risers with
wide treads, cove lighting providing indirect perimeter illumination.
Many have built in furniture and 3 sided fireplaces.
This home was lived in by Irwin after being built in the mid 1950's for his brotherone of three homes Stein designed with with diamond shape roof pattern
The O'Hara residence 1959
Ray and Libby Hyman House 1960
evening photo by Betsy Manning
The Golden Residence ca. 1976 by Irwin Stein
This is the 2nd and 3rd home built with the diamond shape roof pattern ca. 1960
the Wachs residence 1960 top photo by Betsy Manning
The following is from an article in the New York Times from 2/15/2010
"The house was built in 1961 by Irwin Stein, an architect responsible
for several modern houses in the eastern Pennsylvania area. The
lower-level living room has 22-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling
windows. Between the living and dining room (on a slightly lower level)
is a double-sided fireplace. The family room has several closets set
into a paneled wall.
The lower level has recessed fluorescent
lighting set along the perimeter of the area, a technique that creates
a diffuse, glow-like light. The bedrooms are upstairs. Two of them, the
master and one currently used as an office, have Plexiglas shutters
that open over the living room.
Running throughout the house
are cinder-block columns with steel beams inside that support the roof,
allowing the space to be open.
The attached office, formerly
used by one of the owners, a dentist, consists of a waiting room and
reception desk, a work room, an office, a powder room and storage
This was one of Irwin Stein's first homes to be built circa 1955 the Eisenmann Residence
circa 1962 Allen and Joan Shore House
This home was designed while Stein was working at Kling firm along with Skell Ingeburtsen
Weiss House 1977 (photographs by Betsy Manning)
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