Very good news, money-flush lovers of iconoclastic residential design: A paragon of the postmodern design movement, Robert Venturi's Vanna Venturi House could be yours (for $1.75M)! Once dubbed one of the 10 buildings that changed America, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect and husband to architect Denise Scott Brown built the dramatically pitched, quirkily massed Vanna Venturi House for his mother in 1964, naming it for her. Though the house—and, certainly, the Postmodern design movement on the whole—is far from universally loved, this one's a keeper.
The 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,986-square-foot house's most recent owner, University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Thomas P. Hughes, who died last February according to Philadelphia magazine, purchased the house from Robert Venturi in 1973 after the death of his mother. Apparently, the Hughes's daughter has "lovingly maintained" the home, preserving its original whimsical character. Philadelphia notes a half-moon-shaped window-and-French doors in the master bedroom as lasting evidence of Venturi's design whimsy, but let's also just take a moment to gawk at the facade, with its recessed entryway, wing-like angled roofline, and graphic fenestration. Glorious.