Fingers Crossed: Richard Neutra’s Pitcairn House is Under Contract

Inside the Pitcairn House

Inside the Pitcairn House

We don’t want to jinx it, but the Pitcairn House in Bryn Athyn is under contract. The listing recently changed hands to Frank Blumenthal of Keller Williams Realty, who confirmed that a deal is “slated to go to settlement in about three weeks, like the middle of August.”

The masterpiece was designed by legendary modernist architect Richard Neutra and built between 1958 and 1962. We begged someone to snap it up (and give us a tour?) in February. It looks like that’s finally happened.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Will Someone Please Buy Richard Neutra’s Pitcairn House Already?

All images via Kurfiss Sotheby's

All images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s

One of the most beautiful examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the region is still on the market. Hidden away in the hills of Bryn Athyn, the Pitcairn House was built between 1959 and 1962 by the legendary Richard Neutra and recently underwent a healthy $900,000 price cut in January. It’s now available for $3.95 million.

If you’ve been following along at home, that’s over $2 million in reductions since it hit the market in March of last year. We have but one word to describe the property, the architecture and those reductions: damn. Read more »

Richard Neutra Masterpiece in Bryn Athyn Is Up for Sale for $6 Million


The Pitcairn House, designed by legendary modernist architect Richard Neutra, has just been listed with Sotheby’s Real Estate at $6 million. Built between 1959 and 1962, the house has many classic Neutra hallmarks, including (and most importantly) its location: at the top of a ravine in the woods on more than 10 conserved acres within the protected Pennypack Preserve. With floor-to-ceiling windows and living spaces built around a courtyard, residents are immersed in the natural world, just as Neutra intended, surrounded by wildlife and with views of Pennypack Creek and groves of beech and maple trees. It’s a front-row seat to seasonal change.

As for the particulars of Neutra’s other architectural decisions, let’s turn to the listing itself, which is — as always with Sotheby’s and in contrast to virtually every other brokerage — informative and well-written:

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Exclusive First Look: MCM Stunner in Yardley By Neutra Associate Thaddeus Longstreth

yardley mcm

Thaddeus Longstreth, who died in 1997, collaborated with Richard Neutra in the 1940s and ’50s, and designed a number of homes in this region. This one in the Edgehill Gardens neighborhood is a real mid-century modern classic, with walls of expansive glass to bring the outdoors in. Other design elements include tongue and groove wood ceilings, hardwood floors, wood built-ins, and mirrored soffits. There’s also a fireplace.

For a three-bedroom home with this kind of architectural pedigree, it’s reasonably priced at $599,900. For more information, call Jay Spaziano at 215-860-2800. The property will officially be on the market on Monday.

Gallery below.

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SOLD: Richard Neutra’s Coveted Coveney House in Gulph Mills

richard neutra coveney house

The legacy of modernist architect Richard Neutra may have been tarnished slightly earlier this year with the demolition of his Cyclorama building at Gettysburg, but his homes are still in demand. One look at the midcentury master’s Coveney House, and it’s easy to see why. Like his modernist peers, Neutra was intent on bringing the outside in, hence the glass-walled living room, three skylights, and ample views of the surrounding 2 acres of trees.

It must have been difficult for the Coveney family to give the house up after 52 years of loving stewardship. Take a look at the gallery below. It’s very much worth it.

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House of the Day: Richard Neutra’s Inside-Out Coveney House in Gulph Mills

In a new documentary (trailer below) about a humble government employee, Richard Oyler, who persuaded legendary modernist architect Richard Neutra to design a home for him in 1959, Oyler is asked why he wanted a Neutra house. Oyler responds, “I could be in the living room or wherever and I’m outdoors too. You have the full spectrum. That’s a wonderful thing.”

The Oyler House is indeed wonderful, and while the Coveney House in Gulph Mills can’t claim a spectacular desert setting, it does integrate the indoors and the outdoors in a similar way. It has a large glass wall in the living room that integrates the five-bedroom, one-story interior with the 2 acres of tall trees outside.

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Photos at a Demolition: The Gettysburg Cyclorama

It was past vs. past: the 20th-century history of modernist architecture vs. the 19th-century history of the civil war. Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra designed a building for Gettysburg National Military Park 51 years ago, at the Park Service’s behest, to house a painting in the round by Paul Philippoteaux. But as early as 1997, the Park Service started making noises about demolishing the building, known by most as the Gettysburg Cyclorama, and in 2008, moved Philippoteaux’s painting, which cleared the way for a demolition. A fight ensued in court, but the building had no historic preservation status, and it sat right on Cemetery Ridge.

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