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(courtesy kahntrentonbathhouse.org)

(courtesy kahntrentonbathhouse.org)

Since My Architect, interest in Louis Kahn’s work has grown exponentially, and many of his lesser-known buildings have received greater care. Among the most endangered was the Trenton Bath House in Ewing, New Jersey. Though it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, it’s future was uncertain until 2007 when the Township of Ewing and Mercer County, NJ acquired the property and agreed to restore it, a process you can now follow on a new website.

The project, which includes restoration of the four connected pyramid-shaped pavilions and two day camp pavilions as well as the reconstruction of two additional day camp structures and landscape improvements, is being led by Farewell, Mills, and Gatsch Architects. If you’d like to see the structures in person, the mayor of Ewing is hosting a celebration for the structures on Monday, September 14 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. The free event will be held at site, now part of the Ewing Senior and Community Center, which is located at 999 Lower Ferry Road.

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