Wayne Midcentury Modern House for Sale, a Fabulous Hideaway
This house in the woods designed by a member of the Kling Lindquist partnership shows the creativity of the early years of the Philadelphia school in full swing.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the architects and companies that together made up the “Philadelphia School” – Mitchell / Giurgola; Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and John Rauch (directors over the years of the company now known as VSBA); Robert geddes; Louis kahn; Vincent kling – redefined modern architecture in a way that still reverberates today. Rejecting the pure purity of high modernism, they reintroduced the notions of complexity, context, relation to the environment and relation to the past in modern architectural vocabulary.
At the height of the Philadelphia School’s influence in the 1960s, Kling Lindquist was the city’s largest architectural firm, producing dozens of projects in the region and beyond. This mid-century modern home for sale in Wayne, designed by Kling Lindquist partner Kjell Ingebrigtsen for the Menon family in 1956 and recently renovated, offers a glimpse into what would make the Philadelphia School such a transformative force in modern architecture and design.
Much like Richard Neutra did with his Hassrick home in East Falls, Ingebrigtsen created a home designed to reflect and blend in with its surroundings both through its overall style and choice of materials. Wood, stone and glass dominate the exterior and give the interior a rustic touch.
You enter this two-level house through a semi-open hall. Steps lead down from the foyer to the open main floor.
The full height living room is to the right of the stairs. Its adobe fireplace offers a touch of southwest flair and an Alexander Calder mobile hangs from its ceiling.
Behind the fireplace as a backdrop, you will find a home office space. (Take note of the beamed ceiling and compare it to the ceilings of this 1915 Bella Vista Trinity shown here yesterday. So this ceiling represents another way the Philadelphia School Modernists drew inspiration from the past.)
A balcony next to these spaces overlooks the ravine which runs along one side of this house.
Facing the lower of the two rear terraces, the formal dining room has a more contemporary and urban beamed ceiling. Sliding doors on one side lead to a projecting balcony over the ravine; French doors at the rear lead to the part of the lower terrace containing the outdoor kitchen.
The interior is on the other side of the interior wall of the dining room and forms the backdrop for the suite of daily life.
The kitchen has been updated since the home was built with new traditional cabinetry, granite countertops, and high end appliances including a wine fridge, six burner gas range, and restaurant range hood. (If I bought this house, I would consider having the kitchen cabinets redone.)
The family room off the kitchen has a stone accent wall along its opposite side and a wall of windows looking out onto the backyard patio play area. A single door leads to the terrace from here.
Three of the house’s four bedrooms are on the upper level; the fourth is off the family room. Two of the upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom; the one facing the main entrance is lit by slatted windows on the side facing the entrance.
The second upstairs bedroom and the master suite both open onto the back patio and share a balcony view.
The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom has been updated during the renovation, like all the others. It is one of the rare rooms in this house where light and dark colors play out in the contrast between the blond wood wall and the double black granite basin.
An upper terrace, accessible by a path alongside the carport and stairs leading from the lower terrace, contains the swimming pool.
Behind it, a sunken courtyard sits next to the downstairs bedroom, one of the two secluded courtyards that are part of this complex. The other is located next to the home office; both the balcony which runs along it and the sliding doors of its back wall lead to it.
The lower rear patio has been redesigned for all kinds of outdoor fun with a children’s play area, outdoor kitchen, dining area and fire pit.
Her woodland may only contain an acre of land, but Ingebrigtsen packed a lot on this land and did it in a way that preserves its woodland beauty and provides maximum privacy. Yet all of this is only a short drive from Chesterbrook office and shopping center, downtown Village at Valley Forge / King of Prussia and King of Prussia shopping center, not to mention the regional train station. from Strafford.
Close to everything but away from the crazy crowds, this one-of-a-kind, newly renovated mid-century modern Wayne home for sale is near perfection. It’s offered privately right now by the only real estate agent who knows a good mid-century modern thing when she sees it. Contact her – there’s a link in the listing page below – if you’d like to make this good thing your own before it hits the market.
THE FINE PRINTING
SPA: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3 968
SELLING PRICE: $ 1,500,000
Menon Residence, 560 Pugh Rd., Wayne, PA 19087 [Marion Dinofa | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]