why is designation important?
To protect the historic fabric and the significant values of the Vanna Venturi House, the Philadelphia Historical Commission will review, in perpetuity, all proposed changes to the exterior and alterations that require a building permit.
Protection will be important in the future.
Former owners, the Hughes family, friends of Venturi and his partner Denise Scott Brown, loved the home "like family" over four decades. The property's new owner has continued this tradition of providing exceptional care. And now, we have certainty that future owners will too.
What is important is that, no matter the hands through which it passes over time, the "Mother's House" will retain the essential features that make it an icon worldwide, inspire legions of fans, and give it its singular place in architectural history.