The Korman House Exterior Restoration
Designed by Louis Kahn (1901-1974), one of the most influential architects of the mid-20th century, the Korman House in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania is considered Kahn’s finest (and last) residential project. Although the home was completed in 1973, the weather over 30+ years had damaged the cypress panels on the exterior. Old Village Master Painters restored the cypress in a project that was featured in the February 2005 issue of Architectural Digest.
"This was his last house, and it is a masterpiece that synthesized many of the themes of his career: the creation of space with structure and light. the clear distinction between materials, and a deep sense of order. ...The house is an elegant series of sturdily built pavilions of wood and glass, at once a rustic camp and a half-timbered house."
Old Village Master Painters completely restored the exterior of the home, which included cleaning, sanding, and applying new varnish to the cypress walls and oak windows.
"The Korman House (1971–1973) is two stories (plus basement) and 6,950 square feet. Its primary materials are brick, glass, cypress, douglas fir, white oak, pine, and brick." Kahn Korman House
Although it was only built in 1973, the finish on the cypress exterior and oak window trim had badly deteriorated. The undated before photo contrasts sharply with the final restoration by Old Village.
The photo below shows the beautiful detail of the cypress siding after Old Village's restoration.