The Houses of Louis Kahn

On May 8, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. the Athenaeum of Philadelphia will present its Literary Award for Art and Architecture to George H. Marcus and William Whitaker, the authors of The Houses of Louis Kahn.  The book was published by the Yale University Press in 2013, and it 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 follow the award ceremony.  The free event is open to nonmembers of the Athenaeum, but a reservation must be obtained in advance by emailing events@philaathenaeum.org or by calling 215-925-2688.

New Board Member

At its March 10 meeting, the Board of Directors of The Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park elected Robert Cressy as a new Board member.

Bob is a retired merchant, formerly associated with Strawbridge & Clothier department stores, and a longtime neighborhood resident.  He feels that Kahn Park is an essential element in creating a “hometown” ambiance for our neighborhood, and that care of this resource is the duty of all who enjoy it.

We welcome Bob to the Friends, and look forward to working with him.

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.

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.