Wharton Esherick secondary header

The Patio Overlook

Esherick's home sits atop the highest mountain in the region and commands a breathtaking view. Below is the horizon-filling "Great Valley," a broad lowland stretching south from the base of Valley Forge Mountain toward Delaware and Maryland. The late actress Miriam Phillips (above, right) sits on the home's patio. Behind her can be seen two other buildings that are part of the Esherick compound -- a log cabin-like structure built in 1927 for wood storage, and one section of the triangulated workshop the sculptor built with architect Lou Kahn in 1956. As with the main house, the apparent curves of the roofs and walls of these buildings are not camera lens distortions, but rather the result of Esherick's determination to avoid the use of straight lines in his structures.

All Rights Reserved
© 1996 - 2004