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Louis Kahn’s Esherick House added to historic register

At the January meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, Louis Kahn’s Esherick House was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

Locally regarded as one of the architectural treasures of Chestnut Hill, drawing visitors from around the world, the house was commissioned by Margaret Esherick, niece of well-known master craftsman Wharton Esherick. It is one of only 20 private homes designed by Kahn, of which only nine have been built, giving it exceptional importance as a realized example of the architect’s work.


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Louis Kahn’s Esherick House as seen from the garden. The round brick patio, designed by landscape architect Frederick Peck, has become a defining feature of the property. (Photo by Bill Whitaker)
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Other News…
Court backs Woodmere plans; neighbors to appeal

Pew Trust poll says Mayor Nutter popular in Northwest Philadelphia

 
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After 20 years and 3 kids, back to school
Nationwide awards for photographer who urges:
‘Follow your dream!’

Sharon Rankin never gave up on her dream of becoming a professional photographer. Throughout her jobs as a general contractor, a hazardous waste environmental manager, a contract administrator, a personnel administrator and a mother of three children, Rankin took pictures. But it wasn’t until 2006 that the Dresher resident decided to scale back on her numerous responsibilities, including volunteering for her children’s schools’ parent committees and fundraisers, and see where her passion could take her. That fall, Rankin visited Antonelli Institute in Erdenheim to see about taking classes. She returned the next day with a completed application and was immediately shown to her first class.


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Love to spare

Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Whatever the case, it seems that there’s plenty of love to spare this week in the city that loves you back.

No one should be feeling the love more than Mayor Michael Nutter who, despite angering nearly every activist in the city when he directed the Free Library system to shutter 11 branches, learned that he is still seen favorably by the city that elected him last year.


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Jonathan Sternberg receives award for lifetime service from Conductors Guild

The Conductors Guild recently selected Jonathan Sternberg for its Lifetime Service Award in recognition of long-standing service to the art and profession of conducting.

The Conductors Guild, with a membership of over 1,850 members representing all 50 states and more than 30 other countries, is the only music service organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art of conducting and to serving the artistic and professional needs of conductors.

 


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Springside basketball succumbs to Episcopal, Notre Dame

It’s hard to say which irked the Springside School hoopsters more, last Tuesday’s close loss, or a big-ticket defeat three days later. Unfortunately for the Lions, both a 53-50 shortfall against Episcopal Academy and a subsequent 52-16 setback dealt by Notre Dame occurred in league games on Springside’s home court.

While the Lions slipped to 4-6 within the Girls Inter-Ac League, they were still well into winning territory overall, at 16-8. They will close out the regular season this week with league home games against Germantown Academy and Agnes Irwin, and a non-league contest at Abington Friends School.


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GREEN HOUSES RISING Two LEED-certified twin houses at Germantown and Springfield avenues will be ready to rent by the end of the month, according to Tansy Foster, president of George Woodward Co. Deposits have been accepted for two of the homes, and there is a wait list for the other two. Pending approval, the houses could be the first in Philadelphia to receive platinum LEED certification, the highest caliber of environmentally friendly design. (Photo by Erin Vertreace)


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