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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Review: 'Buildings of Pennsylvania' shows amazing sites on every page

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By Rege Behe

The Tribune-Review is offering its free Western Pennsylvania News and Sports app for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. To get the latest Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and local news, features and blogs instantly, click here.

The topography of Western Pennsylvania, the hills and rivers that extend from the Ohio border to the Appalachians, is often considered the region's defining characteristic.

But nestled among those verdant hills, lining the riverbanks, is some of the most diverse architecture in the world. "Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania," by Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV and Franklin Toker, is an exhaustive survey of the area's architecture, from regal manors to bridges to noted landmarks.

"Buildings of Pennsylvania" is divided into five sections -- "The Western Capital -- Pittsburgh and Allegheny County," "Rolling Hills and Rolling Mills," "Ridge and Valley," "Great Forest" and "Oil and Water" -- covering 31 counties in the western half of the state. Principal author Donnelly spent 14 years researching the book, seemingly traveling to every burgh and town west of the state capital in search of intriguing, exotic or unusual structures. The abundance of information initially seems overwhelming, and to read the book from cover-to-cover would imply an intense fascination with architecture.

The true enjoyment of "Buildings of Pennsylvania" lies in the act of discovery. In Pittsburgh, the cherished landmarks, from the Fort Pitt Blockhouse at Point State Park to the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland, are ably covered. But on almost every page there's an entry pertaining to a building passed by thousands every day, but taken for granted. Whether it's the cylindrical tower of the Baum Boulevard Dodge building in East Liberty (designed by Albert Kahn, known as the Architect of Detroit) or Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side, with its 17-story Art Deco tower that is topped by "a penthouse in the guise of a Greek temple," the authors find remarkable details in every corner of the city.

To read more, visit the Tribune-Review website.

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