Our Architectural Lineage
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late Summer 2012, Shadyside Presbyterian Church will be pleased to welcome
visitors from a Chicago architectural organization.
The group will also visit the world-acclaimed Allegheny County
Courthouse and Jail, considered by its renowned architect Henry Hobson
Richardson to be his masterwork. Groups
and individuals visiting
Allegheny County Courthouse & Jail
often speak of mother-daughter church relationships and sister church
relationships. This usually
connotes spiritual, organizational or missional ties.
are also architectural lineages that inform our understanding of
buildings. It is tempting to
Trinity Church, Boston (1)
examination may warrant a different familial link between the two church
If we may assign civic buildings male gender (and who wouldn’t,
for a complex that includes a jail), the
Please see Courthouse Connections.
Attenuated surface ornament & monochromatic masonry at the Courthouse (2), Glessner House (3) and Shadyside Church (below)
Please see a whimsical comparison of features in Morphing the Courthouse.
Courthouse Connections, I trace two possible routes from
Elegant simplicity in brick - another stream of Richardson's late work, seen at Emmanuel Episcopal & the Lionberger House (4)
These are all brick structures whose appeal comes from their massing and from delightful patterning and form of the brick surfaces. Stretching the family metaphor, we might claim Emmanuel Episcopal as Shadyside’s cousin. Please see Medieval Forms. The unexecuted Emmanuel design may have been recycled at Immanuel Baptist, Newton, MA and may have been an influence at Shadyside.
Unexecuted design for Emmanuel Episcopal (5) & Immanuel Baptist, which may both be in Shadyside's lineage
parentage of the ungainly Immanuel Baptist does come into question. Henry
Russell Hitchcock blames its design on
at the Pitt Courthouse symposium, I was captivated by Professor Franklin
Toker’s study of
There is a connection through the Courthouse between Shadyside's Pastor's Study & Havard's Sever Hall (6)
may be reaching to assign Sever Hall as another Shadyside uncle (the
patriarch, perhaps, of the Emmanuel Episcopal branch).
It does seem clear, though, that Shadyside Presbyterian Church has
benefited from the quiet repose that resulted from
And so, we look forward to hosting the architectural group at Shadyside Presbyterian this Summer. We welcome the exchange, confident that we will learn more about our beloved church and its architectural family legacy.
(1) Photo credit: Adam Mizrahi By permission
((2) Photo credit: Allie Caulfield Creative Commons
(3) Photo Credit Eric Allix Rogers Creative Commons
(4) Photo Credit joseph a Creative Commons
(5) James F. O’Gorman “Selected Drawings - Henry Hobson Richardson and His Office” Harvard College Library
*6) Photo Credit: Bob Marville By permission