The story of how Paul Savidge and Dan Macey became the owners of Louis Kahn’s Esherick House in Philadelphia started decades before the. The Esherick House by architect Louis I. Kahn was built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in Esherick House by Louis I. Kahn architect, at Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, to , architecture in the Great Buildings Online.

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What initially drew the two of you to the house? The lokis is the room on wheels. The most intricate planning occurs on the first floor where the sliding doors between the gallery and bedroom, and then between bedroom and bathroom, suggest a flow of space from void to room to altar. The general shape of this two-story house is rectangular.

Esherick House – Louis I. Kahn – Great Buildings Architecture

The Esherick House in Philadelphiais one of the most studied of the nine built houses designed by American architect Louis Kahn. So, I think it was a number of things—based mostly in our love of good design. The most prominent served space houss the two-story living room that occupies all of the house to the right of the front door. The Chestnut Hill Local. Kahn also had connections to other notable architecture nearby. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I went to louiz Esherick seherick as a student about 20 years ago. The interior of the Esherick House is outstanding. In early January, we rounded up the current status of each of oluis nine private homes designed by renowned Modern architect Louis Kahn, all located in the greater Philadelphia metro area.

Retrieved from ” https: With the shutters open, the living and dining rooms have a completely open view into the back yard, and when all of the shutters and doors at the back of the house are open, most of the back wall seems to disappear.

Concept The house has a simple design with a central lobby featuring a staircase and a lounge area with a fireplace. Well, we were aware that it was for sale for a significant period of time.


What Life is Like in Louis Kahn’s Esherick House

Esherick House Commentary “Kahn built relatively few houses. The two window walls are also thick but these frame walls with alcoves or niches between the casements. Even today, I cannot believe my luck. Sources on Esherick House David B. Brownlee and David G. The side wall of the house to the right of the front door, the side with the living room, has a single tall, thin window above the fireplace that frames the chimney, which stands apart from the house itself.

Thank you so much for your comment! Has living in the house posed any unique challenges? They also reach from the bottom of the house to the top, and they can be opened and closed in any combination, creating an elaborate set of possible connections between indoors and outdoors.

By design, the Esherick House has esnerick walls that are cut to accommodate shelves or to embed windows aligned with the interior walls. They cannot be opened, but they are accompanied by shutters for ventilation.

The Esherick House and its friendly owners

Louis Kahn was one of the most important architects of the 20th century in the United States. The two-story windows in front have a T shape lojis also appears in other Kahn designs, notably the Tribune Review Publishing Company Building ; these windows provide a degree of privacy on the ground floor and openness on the upper floor.

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The house is located in a residential neighborhood called Chestnut Ezherick, far away from the center of Philadelphia. As I understand it, this is one of only two Kahn houses to have historic designation.

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Plan Drawing, Upper Floor. Because there is no glass behind the shutters, they are kept closed in winter, creating a high wall that provides a sense of protection against the weather. The rear of the house faces a garden adjacent to a wooded public park.

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The window, which is not much wider than the chimney, permits only narrow glimpses through it. By the way, I also tried the same with the Vanna Venturi House, but with no luck either… Thank you for your comment!

Please give today to save louiss that matter! We have a lot of visitors to the house, especially in nice weather. However, the symmetrical articulation of the windows and entry readily reveal design concepts used earlier by Kahn in its architecture, institutional and public, where larger and smaller windows in the monumental facade create an impression in his overall composition. Housr are provided with cloth roll shades pouis protection against the sun.

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Skip to content Search for: The opposite wall in plan also has a fireplace used louuis the bathroom, but the wall is thicker containing a zone of servant spaces, kitchen, bathrooms, esherickk which are not part of the axial symmetry of the two major living spaces. These windows cannot be opened. Our idea is that the house is only going to survive and be viable as a private residence, so we needed to bring the house into the 21st century and let technology hpuse modern advances in mechanics really give the house advantages in its sustainability.

On both sides of each pair of these large windows are two-story stacks of shutters, four shutters per stack. I chatted with Savidge about the unique rewards and challenges of living in the house, and the couple’s plans for its future. The kitchen, as you probably know, was designed by Wharton Esherick, who was the uncle of Margaret Esherick.