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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 215-925-2688.
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.