This article in the January 2015 issue of The National Trust’s Preservation Magazine and post to the Preservation Nation blog were written before the Clever house went on the market.
MAY BE THREATENED WITH DEMOLITION
417 Sherry Way, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
3 beds· 2 baths· 1,694 sq ft
From the real estate website: The “Clever House”” designed by Architect Louis Kahn from 1957 to 1962. The center point of the home is a large living room with an 18 foot roof composed of four large angular gables. Large triangular windows in each of the four gables provide the living area with soft natural light. The central living area is surrounded by five smaller rooms each with its own pyramidal roof. Each roof underside is finished with narrow wooden strips creating an umbrella of wood in each room. This home sits on .69 acres 150 x 200. The home and gardens can easily be restored to their original grandeur. For those who admire architecture this home is a delight. Property is being sold in “As-Is” condition.
William Whitaker, co-author of The Houses of Louis Kahn (2013) and SAH Phila President, tells us the house was built for Fred and Elaine Cox Clever in 1957-62. Fred and Elaine were Freedom Riders and founders of the ACLU in New Jersey. The design bears a very strong imprint of Anne Tyng. It’s a design that evolved in the last, difficult years of her and Kahn’s collaboration. To the degree that it is a Tyng design, it is one of only 2 or 3 that remain standing and it’s loss would be a blow to understanding and experiencing her particular sense of space and architecture – and Kahn’s, too.
We will keep you posted on any attempts to preserve the structure, or if you hear of any please email us ASAP.
Chicago at the Global Crossroads
The SAH 68th Annual Conference
As the SAH marks its 75th anniversary, it is indeed fitting that they gather in the hometown of the Society’s headquarters in Chicago, a city situated at the global crossroads. Strategically located between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Valley system, Chicago grew rapidly with westward expansion after the 1803 acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. Becoming a major railway hub of the continental U.S. in the second half of the nineteenth century and international airway hub in the twentieth century, Chicago has always been closely connected to major currents in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.
For the 2015 Conference, SAH has sought to curate a balance between paper sessions and a direct experience of the dynamism of Chicago through evening events and tours.
This month we launched our new web site! Visit our Chapter Program page to see what we have planned or review past programs. Keep your eye on our News and Events of Interest page information of interest on the region’s architecture and design.
Please send info, questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to John Cooper, our webmaster, for the initial design and upload.