Montgomery & Bishop

the background information on this page is from research done by Charles A. Evers. AIA , ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY OF APOLOGEN RD and from the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings website PAB

Newcomb T Montgomery (2/26/1907-5/15/1986) born Philadelphia, graduated Chestnut Hill Academy/ B.Arch Princeton 1928  M.Arch U. Penn 1931. worked in the offices of Zantzinger, Borie & Medary, with Corbett, Harrison & McMurray in New York and with the Philadelphia housing authority. Montgomery started an independent practice in 1945 and formed a partnership with Robert Bishop in 1952. Commercial buildings include Health center at South and Broad in Philadelphia

Robert Bishop
 ( 2/27/1908-10/11/1984)" born Philadelphia, graduated with honor from Swarthmore College.  Inspired by lectures given by Frank Lloyd Wright at the University of Pennsylvania in 1932, Bishop went to Taliesen in Wisconsin, where he remained as a fellow for three years. His later employer and collaborator in the creation of the Bryn Gweled community in Bucks County, Paul Beidler, was at Taliesen concurrently. While there, Bishop participated in producing the Broadacre City model. Wright's approach to natural materials and idealistic community planning and housing design would remain important features of his work through his career. Bishop's architectural interests were based in and informed by the social concerns of his Quaker faith. Bishop returned to Philadelphia after accompanying the completed Broadacre model to New York for exhibition in 1935. He also became part of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Fine Arts in 1952, where he was brought on as a lecturer by dean G Holmes Perkins as part of the young and energetic teaching staff Perkins used to supplant the school's Beaux-Arts traditions with modernist progressivism. Bishop's first-hand knowledge of Wright's theories and his talent for designing with wood in Wright's vein were important contributions to the architectural curriculum in this formative period. Bishop continued to teach at Penn until 1960, where he had risen in rank from lecturer to Assistant Professor, and also served as a visiting critic at Cornell. Bishop was one of the founders of Bryn Gweled (begun 1939), a cooperative homestead community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he designed houses  and and made his residence. He retired from practice in 1972." PAB website   

Newton Montgomery Residence   1950
personal residence of Montgomery  according to Philadelphia City Archives 1950 permit # 3199 this home was constructed for 26,000 and consisted of brick, "Way Lite" block and a flat roof

Mark E Kimmel Residence

Designed by Montgomery & Bishop 1956, this house incorporates the ruins of a two-story schist stone barn (note the sills near the top of the wall) of a former Chestnut Hill estate into one wing of the L-plan, one-story, flat-roofed cinderblock building. The stucco-clad house is set back and rotated.

N. William Winkelman Residence   1958

This is an incredible home built on the edge of Fairmont Park.  It has one of the most dramatic living spaces I have seen.  The home has a grand entertaining portion and a wing with 7 bedrooms.  There is a feeling of gently floating in the treetops from the home.This home is built on the site Louis Kahn had designed a home 1947-1949  Alterations and a garage were commissioned in 1963 though the garage was never built

Winkelman Residence


private driveway                      first view

floating closet in entry                                dinning room cabinet detail

living room with projecting glass box,  the second photo is
taken from study overlooking the room, note grand piano for scale

tree top view from living room   looking down at windows edge

patio off bedroom wing                       view into park from kitchen patio

view to bedroom              back toward entry         view into dining room,
wing                                                                  kitchen with side yard beyond

floating steps to glass                                                      bedroom wing
box off living room



view from master shower onto private 3 acres

1958 Montgomery and Bishop   Fleer House

living room cantilevered over stream     side and back view

front views   entrance and carport

entry/floating closets as with Winkleman/view from kitchen/connection to master bedroom

photo taken recently after construction

interior photos of the Fleer


approx 1960 Montgomery & Bishop

rear view

front and side view

Montgomery and Bishop of designed many public buildings in Philadelphia in the 1950's and 1960's.  Below is one example, the city public health building at Broad and South St. The Glass and long horizontal bands of block aqua green tile curved corners and roofline make this a standout, sadly not well preserved by the city of Philadelphia.



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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