Arthur M. Tofani jr.
born 1929 currently resides in the area in a Kenneth Day house.  Co-Founder of firm Tofani and Fox Architects and Planners. Philadelphia AIA 1955.

1958 D'Onofrio Residence

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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.















1949 Arthur Tofani design in Roxborough
note similar small colorful windows














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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