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School for Blind Children

Posted in Architecture, Oakland by Dr. Boli on April 16, 2014

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This building from 1894, right next to Schenley Farms in Oakland, was designed by George L. Orth, and still houses the school he designed it for.

In the Lobby of Heinz Hall

Posted in Architecture, Culture, Downtown by Dr. Boli on March 31, 2014

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Heinz Hall, the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony, began its life as a 1920s movie palace. Although the decorative scheme was subdued somewhat in the restoration, there is still a strong element of fantasy in the interior.

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Sacred Heart, Shadyside

Posted in Architecture, Churches, Shadyside by Dr. Boli on March 16, 2014

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Two splendid churches face each other across Shady Avenue. One is Ralph Adams Cram’s Calvary Episcopal. This is the other: Sacred Heart, one of the most tastefully beautiful Gothic churches in a city with one of the best collections of Gothic churches in the Western Hemisphere.

Saints Peter and Paul: Our Most Endangered Landmark?

Posted in Architecture, Churches, East Liberty by Dr. Boli on March 14, 2014

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There are still too many endangered landmarks in Pittsburgh, in spite of a strong local preservation movement. This one is probably doomed. All that has saved it so far is that it would cost a good deal of money to tear down, and the revival of central East Liberty has not reached this part of the neighborhood yet. As much as it would cost to tear down, it would at this point cost much more to restore, and for what? No church would spend that kind of money, and it is really suitable for no other use.

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The cornerstone is dated 1857, but that comes from the older and smaller church that preceded this building. The Rev. A. A. Lambing in 1880 described that building thus: “The church, situated on Larimer Avenue, is of brick, about 75 feet in length by 40 in width, and has a tower rising from the centre in front to the height of about 100 feet…. The church, though neatly finished, lacks the leading characteristics of any particular style of architecture.” The plaque below has the data for this building:

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Cathedral of Learning and the Carnegie

Posted in Architecture, Oakland by Dr. Boli on March 1, 2014

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Seen from in front of Phipps Conservatory.

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