Webster Hall from the Corner of Dithridge Street

Webster Hall

An oblique view of Webster Hall. And is that a bus coming toward us? Yes, it is.

The Admiral Apartments, Shadyside

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

Art Deco Buildings on Washington Road, Mount Lebanon

Uptown Mount Lebanon has one of the best collections of Art Deco architecture in the area. These two buildings sit side by side on Washington Road at the corner of Alfred Street. With some confidence, old Pa Pitt identifies the Gothic fantasy on the right as an old movie theater, although he would be happy to be corrected.

Mayflower Apartments, Shadyside

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

Top of Presbyterian Hospital, Oakland

The top of the tower portion of Presbyterian Hospital is one of several buildings in Pittsburgh inspired by the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. This one belongs to the sub-style that Father Pitt calls Mausoleum-on-a-Stick: skyscrapers where the echo of the Mausoleum is at the top of the tower. Two of those in Pittsburgh are hospitals (Allegheny General is the other), and Old Pa Pitt would be delighted to know why “hospital” seems so likely to make architects think “Mausoleum.”