Why should the beautiful die?
The old adage that “a man’s home is his castle” is given a literalist interpretation in this Richardsonian Romanesque mansion from 1893. It stands out on a street of standout houses.
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Have always admired this one and have wondered if it is a genuine Richardson. Any idea?
As far as old Pa Pitt knows, there are only two works by Richardson in Pittsburgh: the Allegheny County Courthouse and Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Allegheny West. The architect of this house is not easy to discover. Longfellow, Alden & Harlow (later Alden & Harlow) were more or less successors to Richardson’s firm and designed many houses around here, but to Father Pitt’s eye this does not look like their work. Frederick Osterling was also fluent in Romanesque, but his designs usually show a more exuberant use of detail. If anyone knows who the architect of this house was, Father Pitt would be grateful for the information.
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