Louis Kahn Bath House

Louis Kahn Bath House

999 Lower Ferry Road
Ewing, NJ
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Ewing Township’s Bath House and Day Camp Pavilions, designed in 1955 and 1957 for the Trenton Jewish Community Center by noted Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn, are of international importance and renown. They mark a turning point in Kahn’s career, reflecting an important stylistic advancement in the way modernist principles were infused with tradition, and showcasing the first realization of his concept of “servant” and “served” spaces. The Bath House, which has been restored, continues in its original use and a new, free-standing, stylistically compatible Snack Bar has been constructed. Two of Kahn’s associated Day Camp Pavilions were reconstructed following HABS-level documentation and the other two rehabilitated. In addition, the landscape design and parking areas derive from a sustainable interpretation of Kahn’s Master Plan, featuring a community green as originally intended with perimeter parking and groves of trees that create outdoor rooms.

This tour is hosted by Preservation New Jersey (PNJ). This year marks a milestone for PNJ, the 25th anniversary of its 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey program. Accordingly, they are hosting three tours for Docomomo US Tour Day highlighting modernist architecture throughout New Jersey that has either been on the 10 Most list or has been considered “endangered” in the past. In addition to the Bath House, PNJ is also offering tours of Vineland's Modern Architecture (info coming soon) and the James Rose Residence in Ridgewood.

The Bath House and Day Camp Pavilions was included on the 10 Most Endangered Places list in 1997, and has since been saved and restored, with help from a grant from the NJ Historic Trust. Mills & Schnoering Architects, LLC was awarded a 2014 Modernism in America Award for its work to save the site. 

Tours will run from 9 am - 12 pm, starting on the hour at 999 Lower Ferry Rd, Ewing.

Suggested donation: $10/members, $15/non-members

Proceeds will be split with local organization hosts. Your generous donation helps PNJ sustain its efforts in furtherance of historic preservation in NJ.

Advance registration required.

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