Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Some Great Architects Begin with Houses

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Some Great Architects Begin with Houses

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A couple of thoughts regarding the article on the Venturi-Scott Brown house in Squirrel Hill (Aug. 3,"Preservationists Hope to Block Demolition of Squirrel Hill Home"):

First, it is erroneous to report that architects of this caliber do not usually do residential work. Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's third project, according to their work history, is the Vanna Venturi house (1963-66) in Chestnut Hill, Pa., a house of significant architectural importance and the cornerstone of postmodern architecture. Richard Meier, along with his cohort in the New York Five, all gained notoriety within the profession for their residential work; Meier's Douglas House (1971-73)in Harbor Springs, Mich., was key to his success. Residential work has always provided a testing ground for architects to explore their ideas and as such is part of the canon. …

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