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Mr. and Mrs. Steven Korman House

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1971–1973, Louis I. Kahn. 6019 Sheaff Ln., Fort Washington, 3.7 miles southwest of Ambler

After World War II, a second generation of architecture striving for identity extends northward from the Philadelphia border in the newly developing car-centered zones near the major turnpike interchanges.

For a young developer who has done much to change the face of the Philadelphia countryside, Kahn returned to something of the unified sensibility of the Esherick House in Chestnut Hill ( PH189). The Korman house is sheathed in vertical cedar planking with heraldic brick chimneys separated from the building mass like those of the Esherick house ( PH189). Their peripheral locations describe the public spaces of the house in the manner of the big country estates that still dot the region. Again hierarchy is suggested by an angled break with the garage service wing. This is Kahn's last built project in Pennsylvania and it is more mannered and less intense than houses that gestated longer.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Mr. and Mrs. Steven Korman House", [Blue Bell, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 208-208.

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