Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Value and Preserve What Makes Us Unique

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Value and Preserve What Makes Us Unique

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As president of Pittsburgh's chapter of the American Institute of Architects, I have been following the news of the planned demolition of the Venturi Scott Brown-designed home in Squirrel Hill (Aug. 7, "Home Set for Demolition Nominated as Landmark").

It is a house that evokes a strong memory for many of us. Upon my return to Pittsburgh after architecture school, the homes along Woodland Road were one of my first destinations, as they are for many others. The history of architecture shapes how we build today, and this street is a mini-textbook, with works by Richard Meier, Walter Gropius and the Venturi Scott Brown home commissioned by Betty and Irving Abrams.

Individually, the Woodland homes possess unique qualities and characteristics that make the district a city asset and give our region national and global recognition for architecture and design. …

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