The story of how Paul Savidge and Dan Macey became the owners of Louis Kahn’s Esherick House in Philadelphia started decades before the. The Esherick House by architect Louis I. Kahn was built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in Esherick House by Louis I. Kahn architect, at Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, to , architecture in the Great Buildings Online.

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In early January, we rounded up the current status of each of the nine private homes designed by renowned Modern architect Louis Kahn, all located in the greater Philadelphia metro area. After seeing our post, the new owners of the Esherick House in Chestnut Hill reached out to us, hoping to share their story. The southeast-facing back wall of the Esherick House floods the home with natural light.

The Esherick House and its friendly owners

I chatted with Savidge about the unique rewards and challenges of living in the house, and the couple’s plans for its future. Well, we were aware that it was for sale for a significant period of time.

We had lived in Chestnut Hill once before, and we were probably more curious than serious. So, I think it was a number of things—based mostly in our love of good design. We have a lot of visitors to the house, especially in nice weather. The house is a very special place.


Margaret Esherick House

It was very well maintained by its previous owners, the Gallaghers, who we bought the house from. Our idea is kshn the house is only going to survive and be viable as a private residence, so we needed to bring the house into the 21st century and let technology and modern advances in mechanics really give the house advantages in its sustainability.

As I understand it, this is one of only two Kahn houses to have historic designation.

The house has been on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places since That makes certain kinds of changes to the home, especially those to the exterior, subject to the review of the commission [the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places]. I would say the major challenge we lojis was using the kitchen in the house. The kitchen, as you probably know, was designed by Wharton Esherick, who was the ssherick of Margaret Esherick.

So, entertaining in the house was a challenge, and oftentimes if we had people over we would bring food into the house from external sources. Now the house will have a new kitchen next to the Wharton Esherick kitchen, which will be highly usable.


The architect and designer are really working hojse Dan and me and being drivers of the design and the changes.

He has some experience working with important contemporary houses. The house has amazing light.

Katherine Flynn is a former assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores, and uncovering the stories behind historic places.

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