Here to Stay: Celebrating 40 Years at the Architecture Archives

Here to Stay: Celebrating 40 Years of Architecture Archives

Settlement, industrialization, urbanization, and redevelopment have each left a profound mark on the region’s built environment. The architecture bears testimony to the forces that shaped it, but buildings can only tell part of the stories. The histories of their conception, design, and construction are contained in the drawings and other documents shared between clients, architects, and contractors. These architectural records document an irretrievable past (for buildings demolished or left unbuilt), facilitate the preservation and reuse of extant buildings, and inform our understanding of our surroundings.

For the past forty years, the Architecture Archives collections at Carnegie Mellon University have documented thousands of projects and the work of hundreds of designers. Records have been obtained from architects and their firms, families, property owners, and governments. This wide diversity of materials—preliminary sketches, renderings, specifications, photographs, publications, and architectural models—helps piece together the rich history of Pittsburgh and the region.

Duration June 16, 2024 23:20 - June 16, 2024 23:20
Duration Ongoing
Location Hunt Library, Fourth Floor
Curator Lynn Kawaratani
Art Director Heidi Wiren Kebe

Archival Images

Sketch of Interior, Islamic Community Center (Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh), Arthur Lubetz, 1988-1989. Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives.
Sketch of Interior, Islamic Community Center (Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh), Arthur Lubetz, 1988-1989. Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives.
Perspective sketch, Steinberg House, Peter Berndtson and Cornelia Brierly, 1951-1952, Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives.
Perspective sketch, Steinberg House, Peter Berndtson and Cornelia Brierly, 1951-1952, Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives.

Drawing of Vestibule and Corridor Details, Carnegie Mellon University College of Applied Design (College of Fine Arts), Henry Hornbostel, 1911-12. Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives.
Drawing of Vestibule and Corridor Details, Carnegie Mellon University College of Applied Design (College of Fine Arts), Henry Hornbostel, 1911-12. Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives.
Section Drawings of The Auditorium (Civic Arena), Mitchell & Ritchey, 1961. Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives.
Section Drawings of The Auditorium (Civic Arena), Mitchell & Ritchey, 1961. Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives.

 

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