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Kahn's 'first significant building' up for sale

Louis Kahn's famous Trenton Bath House in New Jersey appears to be up for sale.

The hugely important 1954 building - where Kahn claimed to have 'discovered himself' - has been in a state of disrepair for decades.

After years of neglect, the original owners, the Jewish Community Center, are hoping to be able to rid themselves of this piece of architectural history.

The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is locally protected, needs an estimated $500,000 to $1million in repairs.

London-based John McAslan, who drew up a conservation plan for the building in 1997, said the building could and should be restored.

'We developed a plan for it but nothing ever came of it,' he told the AJ this morning. 'This is such a significant building as it is always regarded as his first major work - it is hugely important.

'It was in serviceable condition when we looked at it and countless people have tried to save it. It is amazing that nothing has happened to it up to now.

'If it's a reasonable price, we might buy it,' he added, half in jest.

by Ed Dorrell

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