William Lescaze
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William Lescaze's arrival from Switzerland in the 1920's coincided with a restlessness on the part of certain architectural circles with the seemingly endless historic revivals of the time. Lescaze sought new opportunities and found them in his partnership with architect George Howe(1886-1955). Together, they created what is probably the first International Style building on the East Coast in their Oak Lane Country Day School Kindergarden building of 1929(demolished 1960). Their 4 year partnership resulted in the landmark PSFS (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building) at 12th and Market Streets-a key example of the American response to and expresion of modernism. Efficiency of planning, including the revolutionary idea of situating the banking floor above street-level retail stores, was augmented by the so called "manufactured weather" inside.

Lescaze's Roy Spreter Studio (1933-34), designed for the artist who created the corporate imagery for Camel cigarettes, brought cutting edge modernism to the suburbs of Philadelphia. Strong, clean, abstract lines dominate, with a rough stone base. Here, the stone is more a textural contrast to the white box enclosure. The integrated garage was a novelty at the time. The industrial windows, perfect for an artist's studio, provided ample natural light to the interior.
2004-2009 addition by Martin Jay Rosenblum


view of addition with Lescaze studio in distance


view from living room toward original 1934 structure


additional pictures of the incredible restoration of the 1934 William Lescaze studio for Roy Spreter
      
   
bridge to 2009 addition / note details reflecting modern version of orginal 1934 studio/home
     


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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