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Louis Kahn

Louis KahnAKA Leiser-Itze Schmuilowsky

Born: 20-Feb-1901
Birthplace: Kuressaare, Saaremaa, Estonia
Died: 17-Mar-1974
Location of death: Manhattan, NY [1]
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Montefiore Cemetery, Rockledge, PA

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Architect

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Prominent architect

Family emigrated to Philadelphia in 1906.

Chief architect for the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia, 1925-26.


[1] Restroom, Penn Station, Manhattan, NY.

Father: Leib Schmuilowsky ("Leopold Kahn")
Mother: Bertha Mendelsohn
Sister: Sarah
Brother: Oscar
Wife: Esther Israeli (m. 1930, one daughter)
Daughter: Sue Ann Kahn (b. 1940)
Mistress: Anne Griswold Tyng (architect)
Daughter: Alexandra (b. 1954)
Mistress: Harriet Pattison (one son)
Son: Nathaniel Kahn (documentary filmmaker, b. 1962)

    High School: Central High School, Philadelphia, PA (1920)
    University: BA Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (1924)
    Professor: Architecture, Yale University (1947-57)
    Scholar: Architect-in-Residence, American Academy in Rome (1950)
    Professor: Dean of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (1957-)
    Teacher: Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University (1961-1967)
    Professor: Architecture and Planning, MIT (1962)

    American Institute of Architects
    American Academy of Arts and Letters 1971
    Caught Fire (age 3)
    Naturalized US Citizen 1914
    Estonian Ancestry Paternal
    Latvian Ancestry Maternal
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Smoking

Author of books:
Why City Planning Is Your Responsibility (1943, with Oscar Stonorov)
You and Your Neighborhood (1944, with Oscar Stonorov)

Is the subject of documentaries:
My Architect: A Son's Journey, 2003

Selected edifices:
Richards Medical Research Building, University of Pennsylvania (1961, Philadelphia, PA )
Kimbell Art Museum (1972, Fort Worth, TX )


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