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Anticipating the Future: Pittsburgh Architecture in the Twentieth Century

This presentation is based on a guidebook published by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation in 2013––Pittsburgh Architecture in the Twentieth Century: Notable Modern Buildings and Their Architects, by Albert M. Tannler. Many of the 250-plus color photos taken for the guidebook by Louise Sturgess, who served as project director and editor, are shown.

Hear how modern architecture came to Pittsburgh and see more than 50 notable sites in Allegheny County from 1903 to 1996: churches, schools, apartment buildings, private residences, banks, clubs, commercial buildings, theaters, a municipal building, golf club house, corporate skyscrapers, parks, and bridges and highways. Participants will become familiar with the design vocabulary that distinguishes notable modern architecture throughout North America––and will have a peek into local twenty-first-century design trends, too.

Presenter: Louise Sturgess, Executive Director of PHLF.
Fee: $150
Time: One hour, followed by questions and discussion.
Booking group to provide: PowerPoint projector, laptop, screen, and microphone.  PHLF will send CD with program images a few weeks before event so that group can test in its equipment and have everything set-up and ready at appointed time.

Contact Mary Lu Denny ( or 412-471-5808, ext. 527) to schedule a presentation date.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633