In early 1960s, a, three-bedroom house designed by esteemed, Vienna-born architect Richard Neutra (1892 - 1970) was completed in Gulph Mills on Philadelphia's Main Line. This building is a perfect example of Neutra's core principles of design, which he developed in California after his arrival in the U.S. in 1923. He believed that a house must unite the family with nature, by seeing nature and feeling a part of it, and he interviewed his clients extensively to design an environment specifically for their living enjoyment. With that focus and California's dramatic viewscapes for inspiration, Neutra became famous for designing a number of elegant houses in the West, and they remain highly coveted today. Later in his career he designed a handful of residences in the East, among them Coveney House, a true gem in its Montgomery County setting. The front façade facing north and visible from the street is a simple expanse of white stucco with a flat roof that is interrupted by a warm beige wall of stone from the quarries of Bryn Athyn. The prominent red door invites the visitor to enter. Once inside the visitor is drawn forward to the central core facing south with walls of glass. Two large expanses of glass are joined in the mitered right-angled corner giving the sense of a 360-degree view of light on the moving trees in the woods, which can also be enjoyed on the deck just outside. Tree branches frame the vista of a distant ridge. The vast southern façade of stucco and glass with a long roof line and deck below is a marked contrast to the quiet street-side façade. The right-angle mitered window, a signature element of the International Style, and Neutra's mantra of "building with nature," are evident in Coveney House. Every room in the house has a view of sky and trees. From the small foyer the visitor crosses through the long east-west corridor, which leads to the private areas, to reach the central living core and dramatic glass wall. The warm beige Bryn Athyn stone fireplace in the living area and the California cedar tongue-and-groove wood ceiling add rich color to the living and dining spaces. A single supporting beam painted white has mirrors on each side to reflect lighting onto the wooden ceiling. All the spaces have recessed lighting. The glass wall continues into the family room with wood floors and a white ceiling. In the center of the living space is a small kitchen illuminated by a domed skylight overhead which casts a blue sky reflection. The pass-throughs from the kitchen to the dining and family room allow members of the family to communicate easily. In 1960, the Coveneys, then a young family with two small children and one on the way, commissioned Neutra to design a small home. The original house had three bedrooms and two baths. Neutra designed a bunk bed in one bedroom, as well as built-ins for the children and planned for the family to add more children. Thaddeus Longstreth, who collaborated with Neutra, supervised the Neutra-planned western extension of the house to accommodate two more bedrooms and another full bath. Longstreth included built-ins in the same style in the expansion. After Neutra's death, Longstreth supervised the design and installation of an artist studio for Sara Coveney in 1976, bringing the total square footage to 3,217. Richard Neutra - his California years never far from his mind -- designated a place for a swimming pool, which was never installed. Over the 52 years of ownership, the Coveneys have been true curators of Neutra's extraordinary design, faithfully maintaining the house. Located in Gulph Mills, Coveney House is within easy reach of train stations, King of Prussia Mall, Wayne shops, the Schuylkill Expressway and all the major interstate highways. Rarely can such privacy be obtained within a suburban area, but even rarer is the opportunity to own a Richard Neutra house that has been so well maintained and that remains so true to his original design.