Architecture

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 ...

Changes hurt character of PPG Place

PPG Place, though it dates to only 1984, is a Pittsburgh icon. Designed by the famous architect Philip Johnson, it is a complex of six ...

Sisters' tour of Baden chapel to examine history, architecture

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden are inviting visitors to learn about what they call the heart and soul of their campus. The public is ...

Zoning rules could save retail corridors

More than in most regions, suburbs in Western Pennsylvania are served by long, narrow retail corridors snaking through and hemmed in by our hills. Babcock ...

Don't destroy downtowns over passing retail trends

The borough of Lewistown, like so many other small towns in Pennsylvania, is selling its soul to a drugstore chain. About 30 miles south of ...

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 ...