Buildings of Pittsburgh

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At the forefront of national and international change, Pittsburgh has long been portrayed as a place for innovative architecture. From its origins as a fort built in 1753 at the urging of a twenty-one-year-old George Washington, through its industrial boom, and into contemporary times, when it has become a pioneer for the ideals and philosophy of environmentally friendly architecture, the city has a history of development that exemplifies the transformative nature of America’s built environment. With The ...

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At the forefront of national and international change, Pittsburgh has long been portrayed as a place for innovative architecture. From its origins as a fort built in 1753 at the urging of a twenty-one-year-old George Washington, through its industrial boom, and into contemporary times, when it has become a pioneer for the ideals and philosophy of environmentally friendly architecture, the city has a history of development that exemplifies the transformative nature of America’s built environment. With The Buildings of Pittsburgh, we now have a substantive reference book (organized by area, with subsets of geographical entries) that relates the architectural history of this ever-changing city up to the present day.

Franklin Toker examines Pittsburgh’s architectural transformations from its early architecture following the Federal and Gothic Revival styles, to the city’s importation in the mid-nineteenth century of new styles in the Romantic tradition, to industrial Pittsburgh with all its factories and huge institutional buildings, and finally to the city’s environmentally conscious renaissance that began in the mid-twentieth century. In doing so, he shows why Pittsburgh has consistently been rated among the top three American cities for buildings by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and how the city once famous for embracing industry and pollution is now preaching the gospel of clean air and "green" architecture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813926506
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2007
  • Series: Buildings of the United States Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 15.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Franklin K. Toker is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and a former Guggenheim Fellow. His books include Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America’s Most Extraordinary House and Pittsburgh, An Urban Portrait. His first book, The Church of Notre-Dame in Montreal, was awarded the Hitchcock Book Award, granted annually by the Society of Architectural Historians for the best new book published in the previous two years by a North American author. He is currently at work on a four-volume archaeological history of early medieval Florence and its cathedral.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     IX
List of Funders     XI
Author's Acknowledgments     XIII
How to Use this Book     XV
Introduction to Pittsburgh's Architecture     3
The Golden Triangle     11
Oakland     41
South Side and the Monongahela Valley     63
North Side and the Allegheny Valley     83
McKees Rocks and the Ohio Valley     115
The Pittsburgh Neighborhood: a Question of Physiognomy     123
On the Parkway East     157
Early Settlers and Trolley Suburbs     165
Day Trips from Pittsburgh     175
Glossary of Terms     183
Suggested Readings and Films     189
Illustration Credits     193
Index     195
About the Author     199
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