Margaret Esherick House

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

An award-winning conservation effort respects the transcendence of Louis Kahn’s 1961 jewel box residence while using 21st century technology and amenities to create a highly livable home in Chestnut Hill. Conservation work preserves and enhances the home’s one-of-a-kind kitchen built by renowned sculptor Wharton Esherick. New interventions include creation of an efficient galley kitchen in the former utility room, a concealed projection system in the living room, and a creative insulation solution for the wood window shutters.

The overarching concept of livability frames the story of the Esherick House conservation. To ensure continued stewardship of the Margaret Esherick House and its use as a private home, the new owners and their collaborative design and construction team preserved its architectural integrity and retained its form and function. Subtle modifications maintain the rigor of servant and served spaces, complement - rather than replicate - aesthetic details, and refine elements not intrinsic to Kahn’s vision.

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