The Philadelphia School, deterritorialized

Stenton     1728-34

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The reason Robert Venturi favors Stenton as much as he does very likely stems from what would today be called the house's service core. Based on the hearths of each main room, Stenton's service core expands to incorporate storage spaces, secondary access from room to room and even vertical circulation. As a whole, the service cores of Stenton manifest a certain modernity in that form and function play an integrated role, and that an economy of means is practiced throughout the design. When compared, the plans of Stenton and the plans of many houses designed by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates exhibit distinct internal similarities.

Partial plan of Stenton's first floor

Partial plan of Stenton's first floor

Plans, elevations and sections of Stenton, along with other architectural documents of Stenton are available online via the Historic American Building Survey's website--search Stenton.

For more information about Stenton and its place in colonial American history see



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