Erdman Hall

Erdman Hall

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr

“A dormitory should not express a nostalgia for home,” wrote noted modern architect Louis Kahn. “It is not a permanent place, but an interim place.” With these words in mind, Kahn was commissioned by Bryn Mawr College to design a dormitory for the college, certainly a unique and sometimes controversial building that is vastly different in style than anything else on the Main Line. Designed in 1965, the building was then and remains today a bold statement of geometry. Comprised of three square buildings joined at the corners, the building skillfully combines concrete, slate, wood, copper, and lead, and extensively utilizes natural light in the interior. This Louis Kahn masterpiece is annually visited by architects and architecture students from across the globe.