This blog replaces my website “Shadyside Lantern” which ran from 2004 – 2017. I will gradually add posts incorporating feature articles from that site.
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Two renderings in the Carnegie Mellon Architecture Archives, attributed to Pittsburgh architect James T. Steen, raise more questions than they settle about Shadyside Church. Even the date of their production is uncertain (between 1914 and the mid 1930s – likely … Continue reading
The Cross is the most widely recognized symbol of Christianity. And, while the Gospels and the Epistles speak of its overarching significance to the earliest believers, the Cross was not always openly displayed. By the third century, Christians made the … Continue reading
Shadyside Sanctuary 1890 facing east A new friend, after seeing my book Evidence of Things Not Seen about the church’s architecture and Christian symbolism, remarked, “I wish I had been able to see Shadyside Church’s sanctuary before the 1938 remodeling.” … Continue reading
The buildings of Shadyside Presbyterian Church represent a wide variety of shapes, sizes and proportions. Each was designed to suit the intended (and foreseen) purposes of the spaces enclosed. Richardsonian Romanesque style readily accommodates functional design with volumes and masses … Continue reading
Almost all architecture, from Ancient times until seventy-five years ago, rewarded the observer who looked up. Interesting, often delightful details await there. Our earliest skyscrapers often had decoration of a scale that could only be clearly observed with magnification from … Continue reading
Sandstone. It doesn’t sound very durable. Certainly, stone made from sand doesn’t seem like a material for a church that is expected to survive centuries. But, there it is in the 1889 proposal specifications to Shadyside Presbyterian from the architect, … Continue reading