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News November 2015

Tofani-DiMuzio House listed on the National Register

November 14, 2015

This past July the New Jersey Historic Sites Council approved the Tofani-DiMuzio House for listing on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. On October 30th, it was officially listed on the National Register and thus became the first post-Wrightian Modern house in the state to be individually listed. 

The Tofani-DiMuzio House is the first realized design of Arthur Tofani, Jr., a South Philadelphia native and University of Pennsylvania graduate. Trained in the waning years of Penn’s Beaux-Arts curriculum, Tofani turned to European Modernism, particularly the works of Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius, for inspiration. Completed in 1951, the home retains many of its original details, including custom-designed wood cabinetry and furniture. Among the earliest mid-century Modern houses of New Jersey’s Absecon Island, it is also notable for its late 1950s evolution (also designed by Tofani) to accommodate new owners.

Top and Center: Tofani-DiMuzio House, Ventnor, NJ, Arthur Tofani, Jr., 1951.