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The prospect of owning a home designed by an iconic architect remains a fanciful dream for most of us — but in New Jersey, that dream could be about to come true for one lucky buyer. Those Louis Kahn-worthy Nikes are long sold out by now, but now you can do one better: The ‘Clever House,’ a 3-bedroom residential property designed by the legendary American architect, is up for sale for just $290,000, an extraordinary bargain considering its famous origins. Of course, the low pricetag is largely due to the fact that the house is “under threat” from a lack of upkeep and maintenance, and its deteriorating condition will not have been helped by last week’s blizzard bombardment…
A sympathetic renovation of this timeworn abode will undoubtedly prove challenging, but Americans have already shown a hearty appetite for rescuing works by one of their most celebrated architects, regardless of scale. As Brigette Brown reported last year, one of Kahn’s seminal projects — the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California — is now the object of an extensive restoration plan, spearheaded by the Getty Conservation Institute. But will the right private buyer come forward to help bring one of Kahn’s smaller buildings back to its former glory?
The Cherry Hill, NJ house was designed and built between 1957 and 1962 for namesakes Fred and Elaine Clever, combining conventional construction styles with a few typically unorthodox details courtesy of Kahn. Its defining space is the open plan living room, which features an extraordinary timber-clad pyramidal ceiling at a lofty 18 feet above the concrete floor. The gables have been folded and tweaked to form enormous triangular windows, allowing soft light to stream in from all angles. Fred and Elaine were Quakers and civil rights activists, and often hosted meetings and events in this cavernous mixed-use room.
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