Coveney House – Architect Richard Neutra
One of only six commissions of a private home in the Philadelphia area, the Coveney House is a dramatic one-level structure that is unmistakably Neutra. In 1959, David and Sarah Coveney asked Neutra to design a home for their growing family. The Coveneys maintained and preserved their home for the next 52 years, leaving the home in near-original condition when it was conveyed to Allen Fair and Nelson Tolentino in 2013.
Completed in 1963, the 3,217-square-foot structure sits on two wooded acres. A large glass wall spans the living and dining rooms, allowing for a seamless integration of the indoors and outdoors, a hallmark of Neutra designs. The home has a flat roof and a wood and white stucco exterior with patios that connect the home to its sylvan lot.
The dramatic living room features a mitered glass corner, allowing the eye an uninterrupted view of the surrounding woods. Other signature Neutra design elements include tongue-and-groove California cedar ceilings and a commanding fireplace made of stone from the nearby Bryn Athyn quarry.
The artist’s studio features a free-standing Malm fireplace and original travertine-tile floor. Sarah Coveney commissioned local architect Thaddeus Longstreth to create the window-lined addition several years after Neutra departed for California.