Oscar Stonorov ( 1905-1970)

Born in Germany/ University of Florence 1924/ University of Zurich 1925-1928/ apprenticed with French Sculptor Aristide Maillol/ worked in Paris in office of Andre Lurcat 1928/ emigrated to U.S. 1929 bringing the influence of the Bauhaus and International Style

Throughout his career he worked with a number of Philadelphia architects Alfred Kastner/ Louis Kahn / George Howe / and Frank Haws for 15 years starting in 1957

click here for Wikipedia bio of Oscar Stonorov

Avon Lea 1938

Oscar Stonorov's personal residence built in 1938.  The stone walls of an existing stone and frame farmhouse were used as the core of the structure. Exterior wood was cypress/ Roofs were flat/ the studio is connected to the main house by the bridge

for more information on Avon Lea and it's most recent restoration

1955 Dodge Residence Davidson Rd, Philadelphia
Designed by Oskar Stonorov in the International Style, this house is sited below street level, and approached down a long, sloping drive to an arrival court bounded by the one-story carport and kitchen on the right and the two-story main living wing of the house on the left. One moves diagonally from the entry through the open plan to an enclosed pool court beyond. Jumbo brick and large roof overhangs in the east/west direction bring stature and directionality to the massing.



1955 James and Mary Bond Residence


1956-57 Mrs Clinton Franz
This house, designed by Oskar Stonorov, is sited on a slope at the periphery of the Cherokee Village apartment complex. It emerges from the ground in a series of increasingly open pavilions whose flat roofs float above bands of clerestory windows, creating a light, suspended feeling. The building is anchored by a central brick pavilion (housing service functions) that separates the garage on the left from the entrance on the right. The two-story living area, clad in white panels, steps up and down, culminating at the rear in an open pool terrace that looks deep into the woods below.






other homes close to the Stonorov designed homes
Builder for this first home was Meyer Soifer for his family. Soifer was a builder in the area.






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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