One of Kahn's
early projects, the Trenton Bath House was built as part of a Jewish
community center. It has remained in use since its construction
in 1954. After gradually falling into disrepair, the Bath House
is being restored by FMG Architects of Princeton.
I visited the site with Michael Mills, FMG partner and leader in
the effort to save the building. In a few hours on an overcast winter
day, I snapped a series of photographs of the building and adjacent
pavillions --also designed by Kahn--that documents the state of
the architecture only a few weeks before partial demolition and
rebuilding began. I have since made photos of the completed restoration--more
to come once the landscaping has been finished.
importance of the Bath House far exceeds its modest size and prosaic
materials. Kahn wrote of the Bath House: From this came a generative
force which is recognizable in every building which I have done