Snapshot – Walter Curtis Kidney
Occupation: Architectural Historian, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.
Best aspect of job: Researching and writing.
Current project: “A book on the architect Henry Hornbostel.”
Hobbies: Trying to figure out the dates and locations of historic photographs. “Sometimes I can look at a view of downtown from Mount Washington and say `That had to be taken in 1906, because of what’s there and what isn’t there.'”
Favorite film: “The Children of Paradise.” “Colorful characters in a fascinating place (Paris 1840) makes romanticism comprehensible.”
Favorite read: Mystery stories and psychological novels and novels of manners.
Three things always in your refrigerator: Bread, chocolate and shrimp.
Favorite vacation: “I loaf sometimes, but never take vacations.”
Where he can be found Saturday nights: Home.
People may be surprised to know: “My only academic degree is a BA in philosophy.”
– William Loeffler