Nathan Cronheim

Born: 5/17/1908, Died: 2/1987
Biography from the American Architects and Buildings database PAB LINK
Born in Staunton, VA, Nathan Cronheim graduated from Philadelphia's Central High School before completing a B.S. in architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State College in 1931. After completing his degree, Cronheim entered the office of Howe & Lescaze as a draftsman, remaining there until 1933. Cronheim then joined the office of Kastner & Stonorov for approximately a year. In 1946, Cronheim established a partnership with engineer Leonard Weger; Cronheim & Weger continued until 1966. The following year, Cronheim formed Cronheim & Kuo with engineer Joseph D. Kuo. Cronheim joined the national AIA in 1939. He was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter, and a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. Cronheim taught in the Towne School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1943-1944.
Written by Emily T. Cooperman, and Rima M. Girnius.

Leonard Wegner Residence 1948-1951
This home designed by Nathan for his partner Leonard Wegner has many design elements that were very innovative for the date of construction.  Light was carefully considered with morning light starting on one side of the living room and progressing across to the opposite side of the living room down through the other main rooms of the house.  The overhangs are long enough to allow the  winter light but not the summer sun.  The roof was built with a water cooling system. Use of extensive steel designed by the architect along with Weger his engineer/partner was used to allow wide open spaces.  Unique design in the radiant heat system has enabled a much longer life than most similar systems placed in the same period. The current owners are only the second owners of the home maintaining the unique features and orginal feel of the significant early modern home.


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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