Romaldo Giurgola/ Ehrman Mitchell

Some of the non residential projects of Mitchell/Giurgola firm are featured at the bottom of this page 

ROMALDO GIURGOLA, an Italian émigré to Philadelphia, was profoundly affected by Kahn yet designed with his own singular vision. He saw architecture as experienced in pieces, or "fragments" which were part of a larger context. Each building is a piece, or fragment, of the surroundings, and not complete on its own. Inside, the series of rooms would have their own "narrative landscape," creating a series of views and situations which would then be experienced as a full composition. Nonetheless, Giurgola's designs emphasized function and he evaluated the success of a project by "how well it promotes human accomodation."

 Ehrman Mitchell studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. The first project of the partnership was the Wright Brothers Museum at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The firm became internationally prominent for the Australia National Parliament House (1980). Other significant buildings include the Swarthmore College Music Building, Volvo headquarters in Gothenburg,Sweden, and the Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum.

LINK TO the work of the Mitchell/Giurgola firm


Mitchell Residence 1956
Private residence of Ehrman B. Mitchell (1924-2005) co-founding partner at Mitchell/Giurgola

The Mitchell Residence is one of the best examples of mid-century residential architecture in the region, combining grand spaces with an intimate overall scale. This house incorporates the Philadelphia mid-century trademark use of stone and walls of glass in a perfect blend, giving the home a feeling of substance, yet open to the outdoors. For more information about this home please go to

 photo above and below by Barry Halkin link Halkin Architectural Photogarphy

1956 appearance prior to Mitchell's master bedroom and carport addition 


side view prior to dining room addition

This home below in Chestnut Hill by the firm built Mitchell/Giurgola in 1963. This house, built along a gently curving drive, was originally designed for a single female author and painter. It is a dynamic composition of three cubic spaces that pinwheel around a central, two-story stair hall. The unusually large living room creates an open floor plan and achieves a grandeur rarely found in a one-story house. The architecture here, most closely identified with the International Style, contrasts sharply with the low-slung linearity of many other houses of the period.

main stairs looking toward living room

The series of 7 photos below are of the G. Holmes and Georgia Perkins House (1966-1968) by the Firm of Ehrman Mitchell / Romaldo Giurgola


Below are a collection of additional building by the firm Mitchell/Giurgola

First large scale project of the firm was at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Academic Wing (additions and alterations,1965-1971)


    6 photos below are of the United Way Building(1968-1971)


INA Building (1973)                                Penn Mutual Tower (1976)



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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