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Buildings of Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker

BUY Cloth · 656 pp. · 7 × 10 · ISBN 9780813928234 · $75.00 · May 2010

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania considers the architecture, landscape, and town plans of thirty-one counties west of Blue Mountain and north to Lake Erie, including cities and communities big and small, from Pittsburgh, Beaver Falls, Johnstown, and Altoona to Bellefonte, State College, Lock Haven, Clarion, and Erie, and scores of places in between. The first comprehensive look at the built environment in this large and varied territory, the volume spans the years from the late eighteenth century through to the first decade of the new millennium and reveals a range of architectural surprises. The authors discuss exemplary and everyday buildings and places—Harmonist villages, Carnegie libraries, river communities, amusement parks, farms and barns, the crossroads of Breezewood, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater among them—and canvass the scores of bridges, railroads, and inclines that cross the region’s rivers, hills, and mountains. Descriptions of close to 150 of the commonwealth’s small settlements, from coal patches to pike towns, capture the intense dialogue between industry and agriculture that typifies western Pennsylvania. Close to 400 illustrations, including photographs, maps, and drawings, bring the nearly 800 entries to life. Intended to complement the forthcoming companion volume—Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania—in the Buildings of the United States series, this book will pique the interest and curiosity of architectural historians and general readers alike.

A volume in the Buildings of the United States series of the Society of Architectural Historians


It is [the] mix of social, cultural and architectural history that makes the book so valuable and such an irresistible invitation to exploration. Ms. Donnelly and her collaborators have more than made sense of the luxuriant jumble; they have given us, as they promised and in one magnificent volume, a comprehensive framework for understanding and appreciating it.

Patricia Lowry · Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About the Author(s): 

Lu Donnelly, an architectural historian who writes a regular column entitled "Architecture Around Us" in Western Pennsylvania History magazine, is the author of several books and National Register nominations on Allegheny County topics and organized an exhibition on barns of Western Pennsylvania for the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art. H. David Brumble IV, an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, is a realtor in North Carolina. Franklin Toker is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of a number of books, including Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait, Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House, and Buildings of Pittsburgh.

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