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Why should the beautiful die?

Cornell Gardens, Mount Lebanon

Cornell Gardens

Charles Geisler designed numerous apartment buildings in Mount Lebanon, Dormont, and Squirrel Hill, among other places. This one he also owned, at least when it first went up.(1)

The Cornell, or Cornell Gardens

A picture of the building when it was new in 1929 (taken from a blurry microfilm copy of the Pittsburgh Press) shows us what has changed: the roof overhangs, some of which have been removed, were originally tile; the roof was flat (replaced now with a hipped roof, doubtless to solve persistent leaking problems); and the apartment windows matched the ones in the central stairwell.

Perspective view
Front of the building

The entrance and stairwell are the least-changed parts of the building, and we can see how Geisler used tastefully simple arrangements of brick and tile to create apparent ornamental richness.

Ornamental brickwork
Entrance porch
Porch pillar

Cameras: Kodak EasyShare Z981; Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6.


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