The Trenton Bath House complex holds an important place in Louis I. Kahn’s oeuvre. As he stated: “The world discovered me after I designed the Richards Laboratories building, but I discovered myself after designing that little concrete bath house in Trenton”1. Given its significance, a thoughtful restoration that allowed the buildings to remain in active use was imperative. Because the complex embodies in miniature many of the theoretical and practical considerations that accompany the work of Kahn and other modern-era architects, the process, outcome, and projected future of the restoration effort are instructive.
Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Louis Kahn, Modern monumentality, Conservation of modern architecture, Trenton Bath House, USA modern architecture, Restoration.