Iconic Robert Venturi House On Market in Philadelphia for $1.75M



The Vanna Venturi house.
Photo: Courtesy of Kessler.com.

For $1.75 million, a Chestnut Hill home designed by famous architect Robert Venturi can be yours.

Venturi designed the house, which is known as the Vanna Venturi house, for his mother. It was completed in 1964 and was a key project for the architect and his longtime collaborator and wife, Denise Scott Brown.


Inside Robert Venturi’s iconic home.
Photo: Courtesy of Kessler.com.

Brown told the New York Times, “Everything we have ever done since was an embryo in that house. It was a huge aesthetics revolution.” She said that she hopes the house is acquired by a private owner who takes pride in it and perhaps will let people inside to take a peek.

This offer marks the first time it has been on the market since 1973; Kurfiss Sotheby’s has the listing. Brown said Venturi is often taken there just to sit in the driveway and admire it. “He blows it a kiss,” she told the New York Times.


Inside Robert Venturi’s iconic home.
Photo: Courtesy of Kessler.com.


Inside Robert Venturi’s iconic home.
Photo: Courtesy of Kessler.com.

Among Venturi’s most famous projects are a provincial capitol building of the Haute-Garonne in Toulouse, France; the Mielparque Nikko Kirifuri Resort near Nikko, Japan; the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London; additions to the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Seattle Art Museum; and recently, the conceptual design of two high-rise offices in Shanghai.

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