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Looking Back: Bryn Mawr College, Erdman Hall – Bryn Mawr, PA

Niki Ververelli - Thursday, May 08, 2014

A historic project in the DJVI portfolio is Erdman Hall at Bryn Mawr College, a women’s liberal art college in Bryn Mawr, PA, which was completed in 1965. Famous for being part of esteemed architect Louis Kahn’s portfolio, Erdman Hall took years of design development with a distinguished diamond design and specialized engineering. With attention to common areas for students to gather and socialize, the dormitory was unique in its layout of three inner-public spaces and the interlocking walls of the actual residence hall.

Perhaps you have seen the documentary, “My Architect” which takes an in-depth look at the life and work of Louis Khan. Truly a legend in the field of architecture. Definitely worth a watch: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373175/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Driving through the Philadelphia suburbs as a kid and past Bryn Mawr College always meant hearing about this project. I’m always taken by how it seems like a retro, art deco castle of sorts – a place for learning and coming together.

Photo Note: I have to drive out to Bryn Mawr to take a photo that truly encapsulates how unique this building is. In the meantime, you can see here just how different of a design approach was taken.