Collectible Architecture: Louis Kahn’s Esherick House

Architecture & Interiors

Another Modernist masterpiece will be sold as a work of art this month when Louis Kahn’s Esherick House goes under the hammer on May 18th. Built between 1959 and 1961 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania for Margaret Esherick, the house
also features the original custom kitchen designed by sculptor Wharton Esherick, her uncle. The one-bedroom house, which is a Landmark Building, is symmetrical and demonstrates Kahn’s fascination with the effects of light on the space within; large rectangular windows and a limited use of materials, concrete and warm wood add to the simplicity of the design.

Wright Auctions
have produced an 80 page catalog
with photographs by Todd Eberle and an essay by Wharton Esherick on the unique kitchen. The house will be offered in Wright’s Important Design sale with an estimate of $2-3 million. That’s a lot less than the  $15,000,00-$25,000,00 that The Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, CA is expected to fetch when it is auctioned at Christie’s the preceding week.

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1 Comment

  1. Ian Loew

    May 6, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Wright’s use of concrete was overused and also led to major future repairs in most of his houses.

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