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Wharton Esherick Studio
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Wharton Esherick Studio
Wharton Esherick Studio is located in Pennsylvania
Wharton Esherick Studio
Location in Pennsylvania
Wharton Esherick Studio is located in the United States
Wharton Esherick Studio
Location in the United States
Location 1520 Horseshoe Trail, near Malvern, Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania
Area 5.5 acres (2.2 ha)
Built 1926
Architect Wharton Esherick; Louis Kahn
Architectural style Bungalow/craftsman
NRHP reference No. 73001615
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 26, 1973
Designated NHL April 19, 1993

Wharton Esherick Studio, now housing the Wharton Esherick Museum, was the studio of the craftsman-artist Wharton Esherick (1887–1970), in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The Studio was built between 1926 and 1966, reflecting Esherick's evolving sculptural style—from Arts and Crafts, through German Expressionism, ending with the free form Modernist curves that marked his later work.

There are five structures on the site: his home and studio, the 1956 workshop designed with Louis Kahn, the 1928 German Expressionist log garage which now serves as the museum visitor center, his woodshed, and the recently reconstructed German Expressionist outhouse.

The buildings, from their structural forms down to the door handles and light pulls, were designed and built by Wharton Esherick to create a complete artistic environment. The Studio is filled with more than 300 of Wharton Esherick's works, including sculpture, furniture and furnishings, paintings and prints.

The Wharton Esherick Museum was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1971, it opened for visitors in 1972, and in 1973 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The studio was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993.

Under the direction of the museum curator, the Wharton Esherick Museum holds an annual Thematic Woodworking Competition and Exhibition as a means to encourage creative thinking, and to encourage the development of new and imaginative designs for items of everyday use.

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