Philadelphia area also has a number of mid-century modern Techbuilt homes. These were some of the first modern prefabricated homes available, presaging what is now becoming a major movement in environmentally-conscious and efficient residential architecture. Techbuilt owners enjoyed modern design without the high cost of custom design and construction. Over 3,000 Techbuilts were built around the country, with most being built on larger, wooded lots in the close suburbs of Boston, New York, and other northeastern cities. They were designed and manufactured by Carl Koch, who had studied with Walter Gropius at Harvard and then worked in Sweden. The modular design was available in six sizes and with a large variety of options, including room layouts, inside and outside balconies, and exterior materials and finishes. All Techbuilts have A-frame roofs, large expanses of glass, and no load-bearing interior and exterior walls, which makes them easy to modify. Most Techbuilts have been reconfigured and expanded over the years.

Tech house addition by Metcalfe Architecture and Design

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This project included the renovation and addition to a mid-century kit house located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. 

Photos by Barry Halkin

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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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