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Friday, September 12, 2014

More Louis Kahn

A couple of years ago, I posted about Louis Kahn, focusing primarily on his large public buildings, such as medical facilities, university buildings, museums and the like. He is a particular favorite of mine since he designed one of the most beautiful buildings in my hometown of Fort Worth, Texas--the Kimbell Art Museum, which I included in that post. Equally interesting, however, are the residences he designed. These beautiful homes demonstrate Kahn's versatility and extraordinary talent.

Genel House

Wharton Esherick House

Fisher House

Korman House

Margaret Esherick House


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    1. Yes, they are. The Kimbell Art Museum is one of the most beautiful public buildings I've ever seen too.

  2. Thank God for Louis Sullivan! I love functionalism. Out of these five I'd go for "Fisher House" any day.

    Best regards

  3. Have you seen Piano's addition to the Kimbell Art Museum? From the pictures he has respected Kahn's building.

    1. I think the Piano Pavillion is a lovely addition to the campus, but I wish it had been built across the street, as originally planned instead of in the garden of the main building.

  4. Earlier this year my wife and I visited the Kroiz Gallery/Louis Kahn Collection at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia ( At that time the Gallery had an exhibit of Kahn's "local" residential architecture including interior views. This is a small gallery that also serves as the architectural archives for the university, and is a worthwhile stop if you're in Philadelphia.

    1. That sounds like a fascinating exhibit. I'd love to see it someday soon.