The Houses of Louis Kahn

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia recently presented its Literary Award for Art and Architecture to George H. Marcus and William Whitaker, the authors of The Houses of Louis Kahn.  The book, published by the Yale University Press, focuses on nine major private houses, examining Kahn’s handling of client relations, attention to detail, and commitment to finding the best design for each client and residence.

George H. Marcus is adjunct assistant professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania.  William Whitaker is curator of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania which houses the Louis I. Kahn Collection.

A book signing and reception followed the award ceremony.  The more information is available by emailing events@philaathenaeum.org or by calling 215-925-2688.

Budget Busting Snow

The Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park pay a contractor to clear the snow from the sidewalks along the south and east sides of this city-owned park, and to clear a path across the middle of the park.

We do this because we know the city won’t or can’t do it, even though we can argue they should.  We budgeted $700 for snow removal for this season, which seemed reasonable given the experience of the last two years.  By March 1 we had spent over $2,500 on snow removal and expect that by the time the daffodils are blooming our snow removal charges will be about $3,000.

Please consider making a small, additional gift to the Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park this month to help offset our snow removal costs.  The Friends board is diligent about working within the budget.  Thirty-five percent of our budget this year comes from individual donations.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.  If you mark your special donation “snow removal” it will help us know how to direct it.

Use the PayPal or Dwolla donation buttons to make an online donation, or mail a check to us at PO Box 1830, Philadelphia, PA 19105-1830.SnowKahnPark

The Salk Institute

Read an appreciation of The Salk Institute, designed by Louis I. Kahn, in the most recent issue of The Threepenny Review, available at area libraries:  “Composition in Light and Shadow,” by Wendy Lesser, The Threepenny Review, no. 136, (Winter 2014), p. 28.

The Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, by Jim Harper.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic license.
The Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, photo by Jim Harper. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic license.

The Buttons Are Back

For those who choose to make online donations to the General Fund,  PayPal buttons have been added to the site.  You’ll find them on the right side of both the Home page and the General Fund Donations page.

Members may access their accounts by clicking on the appropriate button.  Non-members of PayPal may use the PayPal button to make credit card donations, just as before.

Donors wishing to make online donations to the Endowment Fund may now do so by using the hyperlink to The Philadelphia Foundation’s donations page, found at the bottom of our Endowment Fund Donations page.

Charming city park located in the Washington Square West neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Managed and funded by the Friends of Kahn Park and our generous donors.