JEAN H. KUHN
Kuhn was born in NJ and was raised in
He fought with the 75th Infantry in the Battle of The Bulge
during WWII, and was eventually medivac'd out of theater due
to severe frostbite on his feet. He ended up recovering at
Camp Butner NC, where he met and married Elizabeth Dowd.
Once out of the Army, he used the GI Bill to go to the
school of architecture at the University of Syracuse, then
transferred to Yale, graduating in Architecture in 1950. He
was taught by King-Lui Wu,
Saarinen, Josef Albers, and
He had a memorable dinner with
Wright after Wright delivered a talk at Yale. Wright
brought a group of students out to dinner and they all
ordered beer, which was served to them in cans. Apparently
Wright had never dealt with an unopened can of beer before,
so Jean, a pro in such situations, took the opportunity to
very meticulously teach Frank Lloyd Wright how to open a can
of beer with a can opener.
Upon graduating, he began working as an architect in
Summit NJ where he spent most of his career as a Principal
in the Kuhn and Drake firm.
He and his family had a beautiful Modernist home in Chatham
NJ with a gorgeous view of the New York skyline.
went solo in the late 70's before retiring in 1988 to
Kuhn embraced modern design in all of
Many of his projects were public school facilities in New
Jersey though he did a
fair number of houses across America. He
designed the NJ Turnpike Toll Booth that Tony Soprano drives
through during the intro to each show of the Sopranos.