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

The 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 brother

one 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 space."

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)


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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