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Louis Kahn's Esherick House Continues to Linger on the Market

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Photos: Todd Eberle/Wright 20

Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Price: $1,900,000
The Skinny: Back before 2008, houses by famed midcentury architects were selling thick and fast. The auction house Wright sold a Pierre Konig-designed Case Study house in L.A. for $3.185M in 2006 and in '07 dropped the hammer on a $1.16M sale of Marcel Breuer's Wolfson House. That record took a hit in '08, when this petite structure designed by Louis Kahn failed to sell at auction. Now, the house, located in Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, has been wallowing on the market with a price tag of $1.9M. The design icon might be considered less than livable by buyers—there's just one bedroom and 1.5 baths in the 2,700 square feet—but we'd think the style and provenance would be enough to find this place a buyer. Plus, it's just around the corner from another midcentury masterpiece, Robert Venturi's Vanna Venturi House.
· 204 Sunrise Lane [Kurfiss]
· Louis Kahn-Designed House (Still) Up for Sale [Arch Record]