Located in the Roxborough neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, this three-bedroom, two-bath home was designed in 1951 by Frank Weise, a local architect who studied under Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and Philly’s very own architecture legend, Louis Kahn.
The City of Brotherly love isn’t known for being a mecca of midcentury modern architecture, but rest assured there are some outstanding examples, designed by architects like Kahn, Robert McElroy, and Richard Neutra. But Weise was one of the city’s most prolific, designing homes throughout Philly from the 1950s through the 1980s.
The latest Weise work to catch our eye is the just-listed, 1,782-square-foot Carner House. The current sellers are the fourth owners of the home, and many of the original details remain. The white, boxy facade features one of Weise’s favorite design elements: bands of windows that run from top to bottom.
Inside, those same windows filter light into the two-story foyer and living room, where you’ll also find a fireplace, original woodwork, and Isamu Noguchi pendants. Natural materials like wood and burlap balance out the concrete and cinderblock, and full-height windows and sliding doors open onto a back patio. Updates include kitchen appliances and recessed lighting in the bedrooms, but the bathrooms—including one with bright baby blue tile—remain in original condition. Love what you see? 5501 Houghton Street is on the market now for $449,900.