Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Monday, September 25 and has been updated with the most recent information.
Be still, midcentury modern-loving hearts: Anne Tyng’s home in Fitler Square, filled with geometric oddities and space-saving details, is on the market for $675,000.
This is the second time in two years that the home at 2511 Waverly Street has been listed for sale, with the first time being in 2015 for $615,000. At the time, it was owned by Ingrid Schaffner, curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art, who described the home in the New York Times as “"a compact machine for living with everything shipshape.”
Tyng is often referred to as Louis Kahn’s long-time partner and the mother of their child Alexandra Tyng. But Tyng was a notable architect in her own right, influencing much of Kahn’s work and being the pioneer of habitable space-frame architecture.
Her attention to detail and eye for geometric patterns is on full display within the bones of the 18th-century Fitler Square rowhome that she transformed. Says listing agent Jeffrey Block, “What I love about this home is that at first glance what you see is the fascinating architectural detail. But upon closer look, spending some time in the home, you understand how practical and simple the living space is.”
The open first floor is highlighted by hardwood floors and exposed beams that are matched with an updated kitchen designed by architect Chris Taylor in later years. On the second level, there are two bedrooms, one with a hidden Murphy bed and another that has windows on three sides.
But Tyng’s true mark on the house can be found on the third floor, a midcentury modern masterpiece in its own right. Light fills the space, thanks to the skylight and the fact that all four corners feature frosted doors that open to Juliet balconies.
A funky slate fireplace just out into the room, next to a set of stairs that lead up to the cozy sleeping nook, with triangular-shaped windows that have views of the Center City and University City skylines.
The current owners have now reluctantly put the home back on the market. Says listing agent Jeffrey Block, “The family that lives there now is really sad to be relocating for work. They love the home and the neighborhood.”
Update: There is an open house on Sunday, October 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
- 2511 Waverly Street [Jeffrey Block, City Block Team]