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Why should the beautiful die?

Mother Goose in Highland Park

Bendet house

This whimsical fairy-tale cottage is even more amusing when we know its history. According to architectural historian Franklin Toker,(1) it was built on land owned by Edgar Kaufmann’s Kaufmann Development Company, so the architect, Theodore Eichholz, decided to make a parody of the Kaufmann mansion in Fox Chapel—La Tourelle, designed by Benno Janssen and named for its exaggerated conical turret.

In 2016, an architecture student (since graduated) named William Aldrich made a detailed model of La Tourelle in wood, which is probably the most thorough way to experience La Tourelle on line. You will see immediately what Eichholz was parodying.

Front door
Jumbled bricks

The jumbled brickwork all over the front makes us suspect that Mr. Eichholz might be our Master of the Jumbled Bricks.

Bendet house
Bendet house


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