A Polychrome Balcony

Colorful paint adds a bit of whimsy to a small apartment building in Shadyside.

The Admiral Apartments, Shadyside

A simple modernist brick box is given an Art Deco flair by distinctively patterned brickwork.

Art Nouveau Apartment Building in Shadyside

This would be a fairly ordinary building, in what we might perhaps call Renaissance style, except for its curious Art Nouveau ornamentation.

Apartment Building on Elwood Street, Shadyside

A very plain apartment block (as far as we can tell from the outside, the name of it is For Rent 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments), but an attractive addition to the street nonetheless. The prominent bays, which would have been spurned by modernist architects, have two salutary effects. Aesthetically, they vary what would otherwise be a monotonous front. If you are the kind of modernist who despises aesthetic considerations, however, consider the practical purpose: bays like these flood the interior with light in a way that cannot be accomplished with any flat surface.

Mayflower Apartments, Shadyside

A modest apartment building with a bit of Art Deco flair in the brickwork and the staggered vertical lines.