Architecture

Main Street banks: With classical form, institutions once inspired awe

They were the mainstays of Main Street. Big, white limestone banks, often marked by pairs of flanking Greek or Roman columns and carved flourishes around ...

Pittsburgh building projects make strides

Some bits and pieces about spaces and places in the city: Gardens at Market Square Millcraft Investments and their architects, Arquitectonica, took a big ...

1966 law paved way for historic preservation efforts

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and I think it can be said ...

Oakmont Country Club maintains original architecture through renovations 

The 112-year-old clubhouse at Oakmont Country Club, with its broad porches and tasteful dining rooms and sitting rooms, still has the relaxed but elegant feel that ...

Modest Lawrenceville library holds a place in history

It is sometimes the least imposing of our old buildings that have the best stories to tell. The 118-year-old Lawence-ville branch of the Carnegie Library ...

New buildings add to Greensburg's landmark architectural designs

The art of good building is alive and well in Greensburg. This small city 30 miles east of Pittsburgh has long been a town of ...

Mt. Lebanon church's expansion may cost a bit of history

We're accustomed to historic, landmark church buildings being endangered when congregations dwindle and can't maintain their buildings. But now, here's a story about a thriving ...

Kentuck Knob offers another side of Frank Lloyd Wright

There are many myths about Frank Lloyd Wright, but the one least supported by reality is the notion that he pushed his clients into accepting ...

Frank House in Shadyside a modernist masterpiece

For architecture buffs the world over, Western Pennsylvania is known as the home of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater. But only a few know of ...

'Starchitect' pushed boundaries for women — and men

Who was Zaha Hadid, and why was she so important? Though little known to the general public in the United States, the Iraqi-born Hadid (pronounced hah-deed), ...

Holy spaces: Ralph Adams Cram's legacy seen in 4 majestic local churches

It's probably not too much of a stretch to say, on Easter Sunday morning, that we are blessed in the Pittsburgh area to have four ...