Trenton Bath House
|Trenton Bath House|
|Designer||Louis I. Kahn|
|Location||Trenton, New Jersey, USA|
|Date||1954 to 1959|
|Building Type||bath house|
|Street Address||999 Lower Ferry Rd Walk Score|
|Notes||Pyramid roofs on stocky concrete block piers create pavilion-like four-square spaces. Building is located in Ewing, New Jersey, a suburb of Trenton.|
|At Great Buildings||http://www.GreatBuildings.com/buildings/Trenton_Bath_House.html|
|National Register of Historic Places|
|Name||Trenton Jewish Community Center Bath House and Day Camp|
|NRHP Status||Listed In The National Register|
|Level of Significance||National|
|NRHP Documents||Text (pdf) ; Photos (pdf)|
"The impression becomes inescapable that in Kahn, as once with [Frank Lloyd Wright], architecture began anew.
"With Kahn,...the germinal project was cross-axial in plan. This was the Bath House for the Trenton Community Center...[W]here Wright interwove the axes,...Kahn keeps each of his four spaces uncompromised by giving it a separate roof cap, with oculus, of its own. Kahn's (hipped roofs) do not project in Wright's overhang, keeping instead to their contained volumes,...supported by massive piers. Wright's piers are solid, Kahn's hollow."
Vincent Scully, Jr. Louis I. Kahn, p25.
The Creator's Words
" 'Today we must build with hollow stones,'...to house the services,...'The nature of space is further characterized by the minor spaces that serve it. Storage rooms, service rooms and cubicles must not be partitioned areas of a single space structure, they must be given their own structure.' "
"Order does not imply beauty."
Louis I. Kahn, from Vincent Scully, Jr.. Louis I. Kahn, p25, 26
|Building Modification (2010)|
|The Trenton Bath House and Day Camp|
|Designer||Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC, Princeton, New Jersey, USA|
|Modification Type||restoration & addition|
|Building Type||bath house|
|Construction System||concrete masonry units (CMU), wood|
|Builder||Wu & Associates (restoration); De Sapio Construction (snack bar)|
|Client||Ewing Township & Mercer County|
|Cost||1.59 Million USD|
|Area||32,980 square feet (existing); 8,565 square feet (new construction)|
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- David B. Brownlee and David G. DeLong. Louis Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991. Exterior photo, f421, p319.
- Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. plan, p57. A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at Amazon.com
- Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. grid geometry diagram, p195. Updated edition available at Amazon.com
- Vincent Scully, Jr. Louis I. Kahn. New York: George Braziller, 1962. LC 62-16265. NA737.K32S38. plate 48-51, p25.
- Postcard from Trenton, by Michael J. Crosbie, ArchitectureWeek No. 486, 2010.0811, pC1.1