Compare and contrast Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s and Philip Johnson’s Seagram Building to Robert Venturi’s Vanna Venturi House.



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Robert Venturi built the post-modern Venturi House for his mother, Vanna in Chesnut, Pennsylvania in the 1960's. It sits in stark contrast to many of the older historical homes of the area, with its pitched roof, and  central fireplace.  It is a pale slate grey in color, and although the highest elevation is only thirty feet measured at the chimney, its large facade makes it appear deceptively bigger.  In contrast to this very contemporary individual home, the Seagrams building houses thousands of square feet of commercial office space as it perches on Park Avenue in New York City, one of the more dramatic among hundreds of skyscrapers of varying distinction.  The Seagram's building boasts the plaza area Van Der Rohe is famous for, and is colored by dramatic bronze and darkened glass hues. Both buildings were noted last month in a list released by PBS entitled "Top Ten Buildings that Changed America".


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