At the forefront of national and international change,
Pittsburgh has long been portrayed as a place for innovative
architecture. From its origins as a fort built in 1753 at the
urging of a twenty-one-year-old George Washington, through its
industrial boom, and into contemporary times, when it has become a
pioneer for the ideals and philosophy of environmentally friendly
architecture, the city has a history of development that
exemplifies the transformative nature of America's built
environment. With "The Buildings of Pittsburgh, " we now have a
substantive reference book (organized by area, with subsets of
geographical entries) that relates the architectural history of
this ever-changing city up to the present day.
Franklin Toker examines Pittsburgh's architectural
transformations from its early architecture following the Federal
and Gothic Revival styles, to the city's importation in the
mid-nineteenth century of new styles in the Romantic tradition, to
industrial Pittsburgh with all its factories and huge institutional
buildings, and finally to the city's environmentally conscious
renaissance that began in the mid-twentieth century. In doing so,
he shows why Pittsburgh has consistently been rated among the top
three American cities for buildings by the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design, and how the city once famous for embracing
industry and pollution is now preaching the gospel of clean air and
University of Virginia Press
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Franklin K. Toker
||229 x 172 x 14mm (L x W x T)
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