Category Archives: Pennsylvania

Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton, PA

This Modern synagogue was submitted by reader Michael H. (shoutout to the Society of Commercial Archaeology!). Dating from 1959, Temple Covenant of Peace was formerly located in one of the oldest synagogues in the country, dating to 1842. However this … Continue reading


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Sherwin Williams Contractor Service Center, Philadelphia, PA

Just down the street from Robert Venturi’s famed Guild House is this one story Miesian office building at 827 Spring Garden Street. It was built in 1965.

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Brighton-McClure Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

  While no cornerstone is immediately visible, the former Presbyterian church is a large A-frame sanctuary structure with a stone and brick face with a central entrance. In the background is a possibly older educational building, c. 1930.

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Saints Peter and Paul Church, Beaver, PA

An amazingly dynamic form, this church jumps out at you along 3rd Street in the small town of Beaver, PA. It was built in 1970-72 to accommodate a growing parish. Not sure who the architect was but it’s more striking … Continue reading

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Scaife Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

The Scaife Hall of Engineering is a mid-century complex including a boxy corporate structure with metal screens and a circular concrete-clad lecture hall. The structure was designed by local architects Altenhof and Bown in 1961-62. Bown attended Carnegie Mellon for architecture … Continue reading

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Torath Chaim Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA

This former synagogue in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh is actually just an alteration to an existing residence with the addition of a striking mid-century facade. The stone and cement front wall incorporates a stylized menorah design topped by … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Building, Pittsburgh, PA

Our next few posts will take in a core group of mid-century commercial buildings in downtown Pittsburgh, next to “The Point.” The locally named point is actually Point State Park, sited at the meeting point of Pittsburgh’s rivers. Creation of the … Continue reading

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Donner House, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Donner House is a residential building on the Carnegie Mellon campus. With its eye-catching aqua brick, blue-tinted glass, and metal panels, it is distinctly mid-century and like nothing else nearby. It was designed by Mitchell & Ritchey in 1952-54, one of … Continue reading

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Immaculate Conception Church, Pittsburgh, PA

 This is an interesting mid-century building sited awkwardly in an odd location. The Immaculate Conception Church is at the corner of Edmond Street and Corday Way in Bloomfield, just off Liberty Avenue. It’s a small site and Corday Way functions much like … Continue reading

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Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

What is now the Tepper School of Business was originally built as the Graduate School of Industrial Administration. It sits elevated above the corner of Frew and Tech Streets, across from Skibo Gynmasium.   It was built in 1951 and … Continue reading

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