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Following in Frank’s footsteps

How a Philly couple discovered the modern architect Frank Weise through his plans

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Philly’s 11 most iconic modern buildings

With the help of Docomomo PHL, here's a starting list of the most iconic modern buildings in the city, from the PSFS building to the Moore College of Art & Design.

In Glenside, stunning glass box-style modern home for $795K

Complete with waterfall

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A Q&A on preservation with Docomomo’s Dan Macey

Macey tells us why we should preserve modern structures, and how to get involved.

In Elverson, midcentury modern gem has plenty of hidden details for $450K

It’s worth the trek

In Jeffersonville, midcentury modern gem with treetop views asks $425K

It has four beds and four baths

Live in an eclectic mid-century ‘time capsule’ for $475K

Mirrored walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and so much more

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'Out of Season' captures Wildwood's lost midcentury modern motels

Philly photographer Mark Havens spent 10 years documenting retro motels in the New Jersey shore town before they met the wrecking ball.

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The pioneers of Philadelphia’s modernism movement

From architects to city planners, this group of seven paved the way for a modern Philly.

In New Hope, contemporary home on five acres of woodland asks $990K

There are several modern touches in this four-bed, three-bath home.

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A beginner’s guide to Philly modernism

The architects and structures that shaped the 20th-century style—and the fate of their legacy.

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Inside the fight to save a Louis Kahn relic

Kahn and partner Anne Tyng designed this home in 1950—and now its future is at stake

Midcentury, glass-box gem in Huntingdon Valley wants $740K

A three-bed, two-bath space

Wynnewood home with modern touches wants $440K

Built in 1950 with three bedrooms

Midcentury modern stunner tucked away in Wyomissing wants $675K

Windows and wood paneling throughout

An illustrated guide to Louis Kahn

Get to know the architect’s signature buildings

In KOP, original midcentury modern ‘Deck house’ wants $600K

It has giant, floor-to-ceiling panes of glass

Robert McElroy midcentury modern in Villanova asks $1.35M

The 5-bedroom home was built in 1982, but a slew of recent upgrades—a pool, spa, and new finishes—make sure the property doesn’t look dated.

In Phoenixville, wood-covered modern stunner asks $750K

It’s a two-bed spot with tons of interesting details

Live in a Rittenhouse apartment with park views for $430K

Yes, really

Frank Weise-designed Fairmount home offers modern touches for $760K

Weise was a prolific modern Philly architect

Long-awaited Old City project, The National, starts leasing

A peek inside the apartment building

Sleek home tucked into Wissahickon woods wants $725K

It has a number of modern elements

In Broomall woods, midcentury modern stunner wants $695K

The four-bed place has many midcentury design elements.

Hidden away in Valley Forge woods, modern home wants $500K

It offers a three-sided fireplace and wall-to-wall windows.

Modern Mount Airy stunner asks $895K

It’s a four-bed place with a number of environmentally friendly touches.

In the suburbs, a midcentury home by Frank Lloyd Wright’s pupil asks $1M

The ranch-style home was designed by Robert Bishop, who studied under Wright, and worked on his Broadacre design.

In Northern Liberties, a sleek and modern home for $775K

It has wood paneling, sharp lines, and oversized windows that embrace the greenery outside.

Woodsy Gwynedd home with modern touches asks $800K

The home has a large stone fireplace, plenty of windows, and four bedrooms.

Midcentury Modern stunner by Robert McElroy lists for $650K

The five-bed home is tucked into the hill

18th-century Society Hill home with postmodern touches asks $2M

Design elements galore

Bella Vista loft in repurposed school building lists for $370K

It’s a one-bed with a soaking tub

19th Century Center City mansion with Louis Kahn addition asks $2.9M

The home was designed by Samuel Sloan

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9 homes Louis Kahn designed in and around Philly

Kahn’s residential work is few and far between, and they’re all found scattered throughout the Philly region.

Classic midcentury modern by Hugh Stubbins lists in Media for $575K

A midcentury modern in Media that dates back to 1955 has ties to a modernist architect has hit the market, asking $525,000.

Snag this West Mt. Airy midcentury modern by Harry Sternfeld for $825K

A boxy midcentury modern home in West Mt. Airy that was designed by local architect Harry Sternfeld has come to the market, asking $825,000.

Midcentury home in East Falls with room to spare asks $950K

Built in 1950, the home sits on a small hill, with a two-car garage built into the landscape. Clocking in at 4,720 square feet and featuring five bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, there’s room to spare in this modern home.

5 midcentury modern homes in Philly you can buy right now

From Anne Tyng’s Fitler Square home to a restored Elkins Park gem, these midcentury modern homes currently for sale.

Mitchell/Giurgola’s Dorothy Shipley White House earns historic designation

The midcentury modern home in Chestnut Hill is one of the firm’s earlier works.