Architecture

William Penn Hotel remains regal through its 100 years

Every large city has a "Grande Dame" among its hotels — a prominently situated, architecturally significant, older hotel so entwined with the history of the ...

Character of old buildings isn't easily replaced

I've written this here before, and I've said it many times, too, but buildings are a lot like people. When they are 50 or ...

Bold plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill will require strong commitment

T he new, revised and presumably improved master plan for the Lower Hill released recently represents the kind of visionary thinking — on a scale ...

Pittsburgh's Strada stands tall as a transformative architectural firm

There's nobody in town who's done as much — or as well — at designing the rehabilitation of old buildings in Pittsburgh as Strada, a ...

Innovative concepts take center stage in Design Pittsburgh competition

Can you create a swimming pool out of an aging rusted billboard on Mt. Washington? Or put a billboard-like greeting on a low-slung, earth-berm house ...

Building by building, we lose our history

In the 1970s and '80s, as one huge industrial facility after another was being shut down all across Western Pennsylvania, there was little or no ...

Modern lighting choices get complicated

Cindy Limauro knows light — in all its many colors. She can tell you why a woman putting her makeup on under incandescent light might ...

Examine Renaissance, Pittsburgh's new developments

If you've been around museums recently, you've realized that, in our media-saturated world, they are trying lots of new ways to engage visitors. The ...

Energy-efficient Tower at PNC Plaza has radical, intriguing details

You don't have to look revolutionary to be revolutionary. That's the takeaway from a visit to the new 33-story PNC Tower that opened last week ...

Old churches historically, socially important to communities

Old church buildings ought to be saved. In our small towns, they are often the most prominent buildings around. In our cities, they are landmarks ...

Architecture: Pittsburgh history in 10 houses

We can learn a lot about our region's history from studying the houses and, conversely, can understand why our houses look the way they do ...