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Memories of the Phipps Spring Flower Show

Posted in Phipps Conservatory by Dr. Boli on April 17, 2014

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Kneeling Venus in the Phipps Palm House

Posted in Phipps Conservatory, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on April 17, 2014

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You have to look hard to find her, but this statue, a gift from Henry Phipps to his conservatory, is still kneeling in the jungle to the left of the main entrance as you walk into the palm house.

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.

Schenley Farms

Posted in Oakland, Schenley Farms by Dr. Boli on April 10, 2014

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Stuck in a corner of the university district in Oakland, Schenley Farms is a delightful surprise. The institutional buildings of the University of Pittsburgh come to a sudden halt, and all at once there are tree-lined streets with century-old houses in a broad but harmonious variety of styles—everything from Italian Renaissance palaces to Tudor mansions to rustic stone cottages.

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The streets are named after what the projectors of the neighborhood considered the greatest writers of the modern age. We can still see two of their names in brass in the sidewalk at the intersection of Parkman and Lytton—that’s Francis Parkman, the great American historian, and Lord Lytton, or Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the inspiration for the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

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Orchid and Bonsai Show at Phipps

Posted in Phipps Conservatory by Dr. Boli on March 2, 2014

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