Stephen M. Goldner, Architect of Bala Cynwyd’s Fairmount, Dies Aged 84

Architect Stephen Goldner presents Manayunk Main Street plan in 2014. Goldner, the builder and architect who designed Bala Cynwyd’s Fairmount, died on August 12 aged 84, after complications with lymphoma. (Image via Plan Philly)
The Fairmount condo complex at 41 Conshohocken State Road in Bala Cynwyd.

Stephen M. Goldner, the renowned Philadelphia architect and builder who designed Bala Cynwyd’s Fairmount, died on August 12 aged 84 after complications with lymphoma, writes Bonnie L. Cook for

In his over six decade career, Goldner designed and developed many buildings in the Philadelphia area. One of his projects was the redevelopment of the six-home Society Hill, near Mother Bethel A.M.E Church.

Goldner was born in Wynnefield, before the family moved to Bala Cynwyd. He attended Lower Merion High School and graduated from University of Pennsylvania with both a Bachelor and Master degree in Architecture.

He also won the university’s student award in 1955 for his design of American Embassy in Jordan.

“He never talked about it,” said his daughter Meg Goldner Rabinowitz. “He was very humble.”

The same year he married Roberta Baer, and they had four children before divorcing. He married his second wife Barbara Israel in 1969, and the pair had two children together.

In addition to his daughter, Goldner is survived by his first wife and second wife, children Dan Goldner, Elizabeth Godfrey, Randy Goldner, Harold Goldner, and Merry Eisner-Heidorn, and 14 grandchildren.

Read more about Goldner’s life at by clicking here.

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