LET CRAIG WAKEFIELD HELP YOU SELL OR PURCHASE
 
 A MODERN HOME

Thank you to all of you watching this site and choosing to work with me this year. I very much appreciate the continuing referrals so many of you send my way.  

I am thankful to receive your vote of confidence in the Philadelphia Magazine survey of  home buyers and industry experts placing me among the very highest scoring agents in customer satisfaction in the Philadelphia region multiple times over the past years.

Marketing and selling modern architecturally significant homes is a highly specialized area of real estate.  My main objective is to help those who see the value in architecture.  This website gets thousands of hits a month from people seeking unique modern and mid-century  modern homes.  I work primarily in the five counties based around Philadelphia, but I have set up a network of other modern specialists throughout the country.  Please also feel free to contact Craig if your are outside the Philadelphia region so that I can connect you with the modern specialist in your area.

Currently there is a number of significant mid-century and modern properties on the market, including some by well known architects who designed homes in the area. Two of Louis Kahn's award winning homes are available. There is a fantastic Montgomery and Bishop home close to center city on 3 acres.  An incredible renovated steel frame home by Frank Weise among many others listed below.   I have researched the modern and mid-century homes available in center city Philadelphia and the surrounding counties and would be glad to work with you to help you purchase a great modern home.



Please call Craig Wakefield at 267-973-9567
for listing details on my current listings and pending transactions below


  



For those who have watched my website I wanted to post photos of my new home as of July. It is a true classic and I am excited to be the new steward for it!














Listed at 599,000, Call Craig for details 267-973-9567  PENDING Sept
The large, light filled interconnected spaces of this home with soaring ceilings has a wide open floor plan. All the major rooms are on the ground floor perfect for one floor living. Each of the rooms has a strong connection to the surrounding gardens. A wall of windows in the living room opens to a large patio overlooking the extensively planted gardens. It truly is a very special place giving the feeling of living in a retreat. The 4bd, 3 bath home was designed by world recognized architect Galen Schlosser in 1976. Schlosser while employed by famed architect Louis Kahn, worked on several projects, including the Kimbell Art Museum, the Salk Institute.   The home has been exceptionally maintained both inside and out. 
 
  

 
 
 
 
 








Radnor 695,000 Sold AUG 2015
This light filled home has all the features of a classic mid-century modern including walls of windows and open spaces. The home built in 1947 has a strong connection to the 1 acre flat grounds with floor to ceiling windows.  It is a rare, early example of the great modern residential architecture of our region. The 5 bedrooms including two large, bright rooms with high ceilings on the first floor can be used for adaptive functions.  The home was designed by noted architect Arthur Grisdale for his family, located in Radnor Township, with award winning schools, easy access to expressways, shopping, the Radnor Trail and all the area has to offer.   







 










Displayed below are some selected homes for sale in the region that are currently listed with other realtors.  I would be happy to represent you as your Buyer's Agent in the purchase of one of these properties or any other that meets your needs.  Please call Craig for more information 267-973-9567 or email me at craigwakefield@mac.com.




  
Vanna Venturi House 1962 by  Robert Venturi is for sale for 1,750,000.

 

rear of home





Pending Aug 2015
Perched on a scenic hill, this unique Mid-Century Modern home by a renowned Swedish architect has been thoughtfully designed to capture the essence of the outdoors in the spacious light-filled interior. The extensive use of glass with full window walls in nearly every room and open design concept forges a harmonious integration with nature, while optimizing views and the tranquil ambiance of the living/entertaining areas. Complementing the natural light filtering in from multiple angles are variations in elevation throughout, reflected in floating steps between rooms that create a split-level living environment and partial walls of different heights that add depth to the overall space. Outdoors you'll enjoy being surrounded by nature on the new wraparound deck during all four seasons, savoring sweeping scenery and verdant greenery from abundant trees as you relax to the soothing sounds of chirping birds. Though you'll feel lost in privacy at the end of a cul-de-sac, you'll take pride knowing you live on one of Gladwyne's most desirable, prestigious streets close to everything the area has to offer, from the shops and restaurants of the village to Center City Philadelphia. A lovely overhang and Zen Garden with a Japanese maple, crushed stone and flagstone walkway beautify the main entryway. Inside the Reception Hall the charm continues with vaulted exposed wood beamed ceilings, slate and hardwood flooring, contemporary track lighting, a graceful floating staircase and other distinctive features. An open floor plan optimizes the flow for entertaining yet assures built-in privacy for residents, particularly in the vaulted master suite loft that occupies the second floor and affords owners a luxurious escape with stunning views, en-suite bath and fitted closets. The generously-sized living room with cathedral beamed ceiling, fireplace and deck access overlooking the yard and valley below opens into the formal dining room that faces the deck area. A gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar, granite counters and stainless appliances, adjacent breakfast room that opens to the deck, study/home office, laundry room and powder room complete the main level. The ground-floor offers a comfortable family room with a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, storage/mechanicals areas, 2 connecting bedrooms, and full bath with radiant heated tile flooring.













This home by Louis Kahn has come back on the market May 2015

Weiss 1947-1950  AIA gold medal winner. This home is at the beginning of Kahn's use of materials to help define the structure. The checkerboard widow pattern could be adjusted with the large panels sliding up and down in the living room wing.  The home has a 'bi nuclear' floor plan with the bedrooms well segregated from the entertaining wing

   

 



This international style home by Edward Durell Stone, the architect of MOMA in New York, is on the market for 459,900. Please call for details.



Anne Tyng residence of almost 50 years is on the market Summer 2015 in Center City Philadelphia. Note ties to the Trenton Bath House and the Clever Residence just below.









  









NEW INTERNATIONAL STYLE LISTING IN REGION 3/2015




PhillyMag.com information for the March 2014 listing of the Pitcairn home designed by Richard Neutra. Sited on 10 acres in Bucks county, the asking price is 3.9 million.

Pitcairn Neutra listing information from Phillymag.com



These modern homes are currently on the market in the area. Please call Craig for details. 267-973-9567














Recent Sales I have been involved with

Sold June 2015!!  The Louis Kahn Clever Residence has come on the market for the first time. It is currently for sale.The "Clever House" designed by Architect Louis Kahn from 1957 to 1962. The center point of the home is a large living room with an 18 foot roof composed of four large angular gables. Large triangular windows in each of the four gables provide the living area with soft natural light. The central living area is surrounded by five smaller rooms, each with its own pyramidal roof. Each roof underside is finished with narrow wooden strips creating an umbrella of wood in each room. This home sits on .69 acres 150 x 200. The home and gardens can easily be restored to their original grandeur. Courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach Hadddonfield.

 










Sunny Happy Chestnut Hill mid-century walkable to everything! 575,000 Listed Friday May 28th  PENDING WITHIN 24 HOURS! Sold JULY
After
many wonderful years living in this home, I am selling my much loved home. From the first time I entered this house it has been such a bright, happy home. Of the many mid-century homes I have seen I believe this one has one of the strongest connections to the out doors that I have ever seen.   The incredible gardens are designed as true extensions of the rooms. The home is a true oasis with an ipe deck off the living room and flagstone patio off the kitchen to view gardens.  The walls of windows are expansive facing south east in the dining room, south in the living room and the ceilings are high throughout. The deciduous trees and overhangs allow the perfect summer light, but strong sunlight (and solar heat) throughout the  winter days. It also is a rare example of a mid-century that still has its original integrity but combined with modern improvements. The materials and feel of the home is timeless. The compactness of the design is also remarkable. The home was designed by the noted firm of John Sweet and Milton Schwartz in 1955. Although each of the rooms feel generous in size the and total square footage is a very manageable 1700 sq ft. I feel the home is in a perfect location on a quiet culdsac of other classic modern homes.  It is steps form multiple entrances into the Wissahickon and a short walk to the village of Chestnut Hill and region rail station. It also is a quick ride into center with easy access to surrounding expressways. The home is 3 bedrooms 2 baths, with an additional entertainment room, workshop area and laundry room and garage. The home has low utility costs and is very easy to maintain with a wonderful moss front yard and established perennial beds in the back, no mowing required.








 




  

 


SOLD Summer 2015
This is an amazing one of a kind home in a great location. Great schools, close to center city, located near Swarthmore and Media. Designed by Irwin Stein in 1958 this home is a true original, authentically maintained. This rare opportunity will not last! Stein studied under Paul Rudolph at the University of Pennsylvania and worked in the office of notable modern architects Oscar Stonorov and Frank Weiss. . The main house is 2600 square feet and has four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. There are only two other homes with this distinctive roof line. Stein also favored built-in cove lighting, low-rise open staircases and built-in sofas - this home has them all! The home has only had two owners, both of which have lovingly preserved much of its original detail including three sided fireplace, 24 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling glass wall, built-in sofa, hardwood floors, cove lighting and much more.
















SOLD Summer 2015
Fantastic renovation of compact 3 bed 2.5 bath center city home with garage. The finishes and minimal modern details of this renovation must be seen to appreciate. This level of finish is very rare in its price range. This home is move in ready for those who want the very best material choices. Please call Craig for details. Listing price 675,000!   
 
 

 










Late 2014 Impressive designer owned contemporary home in the perfect Chestnut Hill location! This tastefully renovated home is a rare find with spacious one level living offering 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Within walking distance to Chestnut Hill schools, Philadelphia Cricket Club, shops, restaurants, St Martins train station and Fairmount Park. What makes this home special is that it integrates design with functionality, tailored just the right way to become your move in ready home.







2014 A buyer working with me bought the McElroy designed home in Radnor township. The treetop views are hard to beat, and give the home the feel of a vacation get away.





This breathtaking home designed by Michael Ryan is Rented. The 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home has wonderful minimal details and light filled spaces.  It is less than 10 minutes into center city on a beautiful quite block. RENTED JUNE 2014
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THE LOUIS KAHN OSER RESIDENCE    Sold 2014
 
This very significant home was desiged between 1940-1942 by Louis Kahnfor the Oser family. Built to maximize space and light the home has a very open floor plan. The home was built with local stone and Caifornia Red Cedar and has large windows with southwest exposure. Kahn designed many architectural features including the sideboard in the dining room also the desk and bookcases in the living room. There is a fireplace surrounded with Mercer tile, new eat in kitchen, original slate window sills. This is a very rare opportunity to purchase a home of this architectural importance. it has privacy on the .38 acre lot with a stream passing in front. The 2452 sq ft home also has and in ground pool, central air, and a 2 car garage. A significant amount of information written about this home can be found on the internet. Please call Craig267-973-9567 for more information or to see this important modern home.       


 Sold 2014
Rare opportunity to purchase an architecturally significant mid-century modern home in the Philadelphia area in restored condition. This home designed by Frank Weise in 1951 is an early steel frame home. The steel support gives the home the appearance of a floating second floor resting gently upon the glass corners of the lower floor. Frank Weise, a student of Walter Gropius at Harvard, designed the most unique, cutting edge, mid-century modern homes in the Philadelphia area. This home was built for Frank's brother Bernard, and is considered his finest. The home has an open floor plan with a surround of glass walls and delicate support structure further enlarging the feel of the spacious rooms. The structure and all systems of the home have recently been carefully restored to their former glory, preserving all original details! The 1960's kitchen by the NYC firm St. Charles Kitchens is a highlight (this firm was used by leading modern architects such as Philip Johnson in the Glass House). Ideal serene LOCATION, close to major roads and train for easy commute to Phila or NYC.









SOLD 2014 The Esherick Residence by Louis Kahn 1960.  I am very pleased to have helped to find a fantastic steward for this important home.


 SOLD This is a classic mid-century home from 1954, with extensive windows in every. Original wood screens exist along entry hall.  The central fire pit in the living room is also original to the 1954 home.

          

More sales in region

This home designed by Kjell Ingebrigtsen in 1959 is in a top school district, 20 minutes from center city. It is on 3 acres and still has all original details in place.
  

     
  

This 1958 home by Paul Rudolph is Sold 2014



 



Below are sample designs by architect Joel Turkel currently being built in the region
Please call Craig for more details, and options available





 



Great design in Northern Liberties
 

Please contact Craig for modern listings in Center City Philadelphia.




I have included some exceptional recent modern sales. 
Everything below this point has been SOLD or is PENDING.





New to the market September 2013  SOLD November 2013








1956 Coveney by Richard Neutra Sold August 2013











Sold August 2013
The 1956 Dudley Spencer House by Frank Lloyd Wright "Laurel" on over 6 acres




 


Moderne dating form 1931 is sold 8/2013




Amazing new modern renovation designed by Adam Montalbano of MOTO Design, within 3 historic home fronts.  This home is the best of all worlds, fabulous modern green construction with open floor plan, historic Philadelphia facade, walkable center city location, modern finishes to a level rarely seen, rooftop terrace, and a huge attached 2 car garage!  The light-filled wide open floor plan is incredible. Additional filtered light is brought in though large skylights. The kitchen and 2.5 baths are state of the art and have striking minimalist aesthetics. The home has 2 full bedroom suites, a library, and an additional office. It is perfectly located on the corner of Latimer and Hutchinson in Washington west's charming, quiet, cobble stoned neighborhood and is an easy walk to all that center city has to offer.  The garage is one of the largest to be found in center city with room for 2 cars and extra storage/work space. The interior of the home is all new construction with all new systems and new roofing. The home even has radiant heat flooring in the master bath.
Green features,  PEX plumbing, closed cell spray insulation, 2 zone HVAC, new windows. Ask about the very low utility bills. SOLD
  






   sold 6/2013














Sold 5/2013
The 1958 D'Onofrio Residence

 www.Mid-CenturyModernPhiladelphia.com 

As described by Arthur Tofani in his presentation to the D'Onofrio's in 1958 " powerful, curving walls of local stone, deeply rooted to the earth, carrying a wing like roof whose form, the result of long study of developed forces, permits support at almost any point. Under this crisply graceful shelter, spaces could be disposed freely. Gone is the constricting formality of the recent past. Space becomes more an exciting entity that is allowed to exist purely for the pleasure of experiencing it."  

The incredible curving roof of this home is a true one of a kind.  It draws your eye out in every direction and it truly feels as if is just floating above. The design and fine craftsmanship have resulted in a very low maintenance roof for the current owners to a level rarely seen in homes of this period. Light was a careful consideration in design with morning southeastern light for the bedrooms.  All major rooms of the home have full southern exposure. The setting southwestern sun can be seen from the living and dining room area.

more photos
 
 
  









Sold 2013
Bucks County designed by Thaddeus Longstreth 

  





Sold
 
The Sheppard Residence by Frank Weise
http://www.philadelphiamid-century.com/
Meadowbrook PA
2+ acres
2374 sq ft
The Sheppard Residence designed by Frank Weise in 1950 is one of the finest examples if mid-century modern architecture.  When in this home there is a feeling of floating in the trees, overlooking the 2+ acre property.  It is a similar feeling with the renowned Farnsworth house outside of Chicago by Miese van der Rohe, and the Glass house by Philip Johnson in New Cannan.  The Sheppard Residence was completed in 1950 one year after the Glass house and one year prior to the Farnesworth.  This home by Weise is significant in the progession of great mid-century modern architecture of the US.
The unique design makes incredibly efficient use of the interior space, giving it the feel of a large modern home of the period.  The upstairs has the expansive living room/ dining room, entry area, 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a bonus space. Downstairs there is a family room, bath, office and additional work/storage space. 
The steel frame home has many wonderful architectural details such as the floating ceilings, corner glass, entry area detail, and beautiful stonework.  Each of the 4 bedrooms and the main hall have incredible original built in cabinets. The home is well situated on the 2+ acres given much privacy and a wonderful view down to the stream.The home is on the market for the first time and has all original details preserved, even the original colors on the kitchen cabinets and exterior.


 

          

This home sold in the summer of 2012 on over 2 acres in a wonderful setting close to Philadelphia for 560,000.
        



 
sold May 2012
Amazing opportunity to own a stunning classic, 10 min to center city!m The Carner House by Frank Weise.  Please call Craig for more Details


 www.carnerhouse.com
A perfect blend: Stark modern exterior and light-filled warm interior. Rare opportunity to live in a significant early mid-century modern property close to center city and Fairmount Park. The Carner House was designed by Frank Weise in 1951. His training under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer is evident. Weise continued to design the most unique and cutting edge modern homes in the region. The incredible living room, featuring soaring ceilings and glass walls on 2 sides, includes beautiful original woodwork and a large fireplace. The home was featured on a recent tour of significant mid-century properties of the region. The signed Isamu Noguchi light fixtures are included. GREAT LOCATION! this home is under 10 minutes to center city and close to transportation. The 3 bedroom home has been meticulously maintained. The extensive gardens were developed over the 45 years the Carners lived in the home, with additions by the current owner. The home has been updated with central air, new roof, and is in excellent condition.


Sold
 


     
This home designed by George Nakashima with incredible built ins throughout SOLD




Below are more home sales that I has been involved with recently, Let me help you find a home like one of these!

This home combined an interior redesign by architect  Wesley Wei
   
with a very traditional stone exterior
 



This one sold quickly in just a few weeks for 475,000
 
 
 
 




Sold Levy House 1960 by Frank Boyer, 10 min drive to center city, under 500,000






Sold in Lower Merion by George Smith

  








 




I am also glad to work with you to find a more traditional home that can be transformed to a dramatic light filled space, that combines classic architectural details with modern interiors and furnishings.  Recent buyers working with me purchased this home in the Chestnut Hill Section of Philadelphia and plan a modern renovation.




 
sold   
Robert McElroy's homes are known for their open plans and treetop views.



www.lowermerionmodern.com/  SOLD

I Listed in December and sold in 2 days! Offered AT 240,000
Classic 1948 modern restored with all original details intact and enhanced. Mantel by Phillip Lloyd Powell. Current owner has made wonderful additions further expanding outdoor spaces.  Beautiful, nearly half acre property just outside Chestnut Hill in Wyndmoor PA.  Home with this level of architectural integrity at this price is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Easy access into center city Philadelphia, and expressways. In a rated school district, with low taxes.








 







       
 Contact Craig Wakefield to Represent You to List, Market and Sell Your Home 
Craig will market your home through traditional resources as well as through focused marketing geared toward buyers looking for mid-century and modern homes.  My listings have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Modernism Magazine, Atomic Ranch Magazine and in articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer. I will photograph your home and feature it in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on this website and will further market your home  through additional advertising directed toward buyers interested in modern homes.  My site is linked to hundreds of sites searched by lovers of modern architecture.                          
         
                                          Craig Wakefield         
                                          763 Lancaster Ave, 19010
                                          Office 610-527-0900
                                          Cell 267-973-9567

I work to connect those who want to build new modern homes with developers and land in the area.  Please contact me if you would like to build a cutting-edge modern home, have land that could be developed for such a project, or are a builder wanting to be involved in such a project.




 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
     


Mid-Century Modern Homes Grouped byLocation / County

Bucks County

Chester County

Delaware County   

Montgomery County

Philadelphia County

New Jersey (near Philadelphia)

 Center City Philadelphia Mid-Century Modern Homes

  Interior Design Services ModernDesignPhiladelphia

Modern  Philadelphia Residential Architecture 
 Philadelphia LEED for Homesprojects
 Recent Center City Philadelphia Modern Residential Architecture 
 Early Prefab TECH built modern homes in the area

Philadelphia Architects currently designing innovative modern homes
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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