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1 TRI-STATE JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURE 6- BUILDING $425,000 Modern School repp & H^berger. Ar sh. recti August, 1950

2 THE MACOMBER V BAR JOIST WAS APPROVED BY THE STEEL JOIST INSTI- TUTE ON OCT. 23, 1946 POSITIVE ANCHORING OF TOP LATH PREVENTS DEEP POCKETS OF CONCRETE BE- TWEEN JOISTS. NAILING TOP LATH IS FASTER THAN CLIPPING OR WIRING. YOU SAVE LABOR AND MATERIALS ON EVERY SQUARE YARD OF FLOOR YOU BUILD WITH MA- COMBER V BAR JOISTS. NAIL PULL TESTS SHOW THE 2Vi TIMES GREATER GRIP ON NAILS THAN A WOOD NAILING STRIP. PATENTED S. Parent No*. 2,184,113 1,457,250 2,457,05«NAILABLE V BAR JOISTS When you see that staple or roofing nail in the illustration above driven over the rib, you know why top lath is securely anchored to Macomber Steel Bar Joists. ^ But when you witness this fast operation on one of YOUR OWN jobs, you will know why the industry calls them "Builder's Units" saving hours of lath application time and saving dollars in preventing deep pockets of wasted concrete between joists. There is no other Steel Joist like it in the world! If you had to pay a third more for this nailable joist, you would still prefer it but Macomber V Bar Joists are competitively priced with any Approved Steel Joist. Write for catalog. See that these advantages are known all along the line to keep within today's close bids. MACOMBER INCORPORATED CANTON, OHIO IM CANADA, SABNIA BBIDGE CO., LIMITED, SABNIA. ONT. IN MEXICO D. F.-MACOMBEB DE MEXICO S. A. CEDRO 500 V BAB JOISTS LONGSPANS BOWSTRING TRUSSES STEEL DECK

3 New Steel Scaffolding in Low Price Range Announced by Safway Steel Products, Inc. For Loads to 50 lbs. per sq. ft. and Heights to 40 ft.; Approved by Underwriters 7 Laboratories, Inc.; Welded Tubular Steel Construction An exceptionally low priced steel scaffolding for light duty construction and maintenance is announced by Safway Steel Products, Inc., 6234 W. State Street, Wilwaukee 13, Wis. The new line supplements standard and heavy duty equipment offered by Safway, originators and leading manufacturers of tubular metal frame scaffolds. The light duty product is known as the Safway "4 by 4" steel scaffolding because the basic end frame members measure 4 ft. wide by 4 ft. high. These parts may be assembled in scaffolds or towers as high as 40 ft., and for loads not exceeding 50 lbs. per sq. ft. Because of its modest cost, this modern steel scaffolding is expected to replace wood trestles or "horses" and wood pole-and-crossbar scaffolding for many light duty applications. By placing both the worker and his materials at the most convenient levels, better, faster and safer work is promoted. Platforms are easily shifted to follow progress of the work. Nails, splintering and fire hazards are eliminated, avoiding any possibility of damage or personal injury from these causes. This installation shows use of the Safway "4 by 4" as a mason's scaffold. Note the many possible working levels. Materials are always at hip level, eliminating tiresome lifting from a lower level. The screw jacks compensate for uneven ground. Carries U. L. Approval Despite the low price, Safway "4 by 4" members are made from high carbon steel tubing of ample wall thickness and diameter, solidly welded in a sturdy, rigid design. The standard "4 by 4" end frames are certified to 4,000 lbs. uniform load and 16,000 lbs. total leg load. Safway "4 by 4" scaffolding has been approved by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., and is subject to their re-examination service. In use, this new portable scaffolding may be rapidly assembled or dismantled by unskilled help, without special tools. Only a few types of standard parts are needed to erect scaffolds of the desired height and size. "4 by 4" scaffolding members are stored compactly, and can be re-used indefinitely in any other combination. Easily Erected To Fit Any Job On the ground, legs rest on simple base plates or screw jacks which compensate for uneven terrain. To increase the scaffold height, additional end frames are installed by simply slipping the tubular legs over integral coupling pins on the top of the next lower frame. Vertical assemblies of end frames are secured to each other at 7 ft. or 10 ft. distances with tubular steel cross braces. Guard rails and guard rail posts are available for the working level. Cross braces and guard rails are attached by means of quickoperating wing nuts on studs. This method of fastening has proved to be the surest, simplest and safest ever devised. There are no pockets to become clogged with mortar or paint. Parts ar rugged do not bend, break or wear out. Working platforms can be located at 16 in. intervals, easily following the progress of the work and placing the worker at the most advantageous height. Work materials are always ready at waist level on a convenient material rack, eliminating tiresome bending and squatting, and increasing working efficiency. End frames are designed with a built-in ladder for easy access to work platforms. Distributors Safway Steel Scaffolds Co. of Pittsburgh Columbia Building ATlantic CKARETTE August, 1950

4 LETTERS WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT Douglas fir plywood, selected for it» grain, is burnished to remove so ft wood, leaves robed hardwood surface. Takes any stain or point. Resists mar* ring or scratching, does not collect dust. Easy to op* ply and reasonable in cost. When the plans call for something truly distinctive, think of Etchwood wall panelling. The play of light and shadow on the etched grain of the wood gives life to a room, providing a background' of dramatic beauty. 3-p[y-4'x8' panels in stock! ARCHITECTS - BUILDERS - CONTRACTORS We now have available packets of the "Etch Wood Story" for your convenience in specifying and using Etch Wood panels. of IEtlrwLJT T^ C r si$t. s,? f five & samples of Etch Wood finished m five beautiful styles; a full-color booklet giving valuable information about Etch Wood and its oppl»cat»on; and a handy specification guide. Invaluable to any are ; L T y J U z z ^ r r Call or Write Us For Name of Your Closest Lumber ond hqndling costs - Dealer HAL KEELY PLYWOOD CO EAST CARSON STREET PITTSBURGH 3, PA. EVerglade EDITOR : This may be a screwball thought but I've been wondering if it would be practical to build the new.buildings at the Point, and as far up as possible, in a triangle design or a truncated triangle design? Thus wide streets could radiate in a sweep from the Point up through the Golden Triangle. Assistant Editor Carnegie Magazine Carnegie Institute * * * Annette Seneff I EDITOR: I saw Mr. Reilley's familiar type of criticism in Charette and decided to answer it (see page 18) either for publication or for Reilley personally. Quite truthfully, I am tired of critiques like this for the very reason that they are so justified in many cases but seem to receive no answer, no glimmer of light cast on the nature of architectural aesthetics as an absolute. I hope I have given some answer. Recently I have been struck by buildings such as Soldiers Memorial. That building alone gave me the key to architectural beauty if the word is justifiable as lying in the expressive element of a design Fifth Avenue Walter Kidne y I Pittsburgh 13, Pa. * * * EDITOR: Mr. E. P. Lockhart, General Sales Manager, Insulux Glass Blocks, visited our office recently and asked that we j write you requesting you to put his l name on your monthly mailing list. Your doing so will be greatly appreciated. His address is Box 1035, Toledo 1, Ohio. Branch Manager W * D * Short American Structural Products Co 1808 Clark Building Pittsburgh 22, Pa. (Continued on Page 6) 4 CK ARETTE August, 1950

5 jçettlco RESIDENTIAL CASEMENTS IN J ALUMINUM OR STEEL m PERMANENT ALL-STAR PERFORMANCE! ^ Available in either aluminum or steel, Lemco Residential Casements offer architect and builder great flexibility of design various sized picture windows in combination with many sizes of casements. All windows are delivered to the job ready for installation. Architects will like the simplification of detail, builders will like the rapidity of installation and the homeowner will like the ease of maintenance! ^ Manufactured of solid sections, each and every window has mitered corners electrically welded for strength and durability. Wood surrounds are custom-fit to each window which means absolutely tight joints. All surrounds are moulded, clear, kiln-dried white pine to guard against splitting when nailed, and are solidly caulked for maximum weatherproofing. Easily operated, Lemco offers controlled ventilation in a window that can be easily cleaned from the inside. Extension type hinges are solidly fixed to both frame and vent and all windows are available with either lever or roto geared operator. it Solid Bronze mesh screens and ruggedly-built storm windows are available for all sizes and types. The Emblem of Qualify ENGINEERING SALES COMPANY 550 McNEIILY ROAD LEhigh PITTSBURGH 16, PA. 5CKARETTE August, 1950

6 AMAZING NEW awning window that's "sealed like a refrigerator." Enjoy all-weather protection and comfort with the first automatic locking window of its kind. Imagine! Adequate ventilation when it's raining, yet your interior is protected. Positive protection from driving rains, hurricanes; greater fuel savings in cold climates. EASIEST TO OPERATE - fewer than half the number of turns than required on other awning windows. EASIER TO CLEAN- just "flip the clips" to remove aluminum inside screen. When open, the top vent drops down for easy accessibility for cleaning from the inside. OTHER REPRESENTATIONS WORLD STEEL PRODUCTS CORP. Hollow Metal & Kalamein Doors VALLEY METAL PRODUCTS CO. VAMPCO Aluminum Windows BOGERT & CARLOUGH CO - BOCA Steel Sash GENERAL BRONZE CORP HARRINGTON & KING MOESCHL-EDWARDS CORRUGATING CO Revolving Doors Institutional Windows Perforated Metal Grilles MECCO Rolling Steel Doors MILWAUKEE STAMPING CO Toilet Partitions AIR RECTIFIERS, INC.. WEATHER-BLOC Ventilators for Glass Block THE CHAIN-LINK FENCE CORP Wire Fence CATALOGUES ON REQUEST HYMAN BLUM COMPANY Metal Craftsmen to the Architectural Profession 460 Mtlwood Street MUstum Pittsburgh 13, Pa. MWWWVW^^ LETTERS EDITOR : (Continued) During these times of great linguistic confusion, it is interesting to note that three of the seven paragraphs in Plans & Pans, July issue, bear directly on matters of definition. No verb seems adequate to describe what an architect does, you claim. And you're right. For what verb encompasses these disparate images and activities the urbane gentlemen loungbehind the desk in his aluminum and driftwood office... the harried little man scuttling about the job site... the mellow troubadour plunking a guitar and singing of spring, architecture, rivers, farmers' daughters, sex, love or God... the old worker hunched over the board measuring out his life in four-inch modules? These are but a few of the things an architect does. He is. But what one verb is adequate for the izzing? The best we can do then is to point and say, "That is what we call an architect." Or we can indicate a structure and say, "There, that is what an architect has done." Similarly with engineer, socialist, communist, capitalist and so on. I am reminded of a great teacher who, asked to define gravitation, dropped a matchbox from his hand and stood silently pointing at it as it fell to the floor. So much for that. A venerable old Flemish anatomist (c A.D.) one Andreas Vesalius by name, cut up a Spanish nobleman not yet quite dead, fled Spain, and subsequently died of starvation after having been shipwrecked on the return voyage from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which had been forced on him because of his enmity for the master Galen. Sometime during this active career, Vesalius discovered the intermaxillary bone in the human jaw. However he did not make any remarks on architecture to my knowledge. This leaves only Goethe as the likely author of the quotation which has baffled quizminded Charette readers these past three-plus months. Please send the Frank Lloyd Wright prize book in a plain wrapper: mine is a conservative environment. Charles F. Fischer, Jr. Stonekote Manufacturing Company 620 West Warrington Avenue Pittsburgh 26, Pa. SPECIFY SS&MWAFL RAILINGS IN ALUMINUM AND BRONZE 6 CK ARETTE August, 1950

7 EDITOR: I was formerly employed by General Builders of Farrell, Pennsylvania, where a copy of Charette was received regularly at the office. I enjoyed your magazine very much and I would like to continue receiving it at my home, R. D. No. 2, Sharon, Pennsylvania. Emil Koledin Construction Engineer R. D. No. 2, Sharon, Pennsylvania * * * EDITOR: I believe you will find the quotation, "We are sure in our younger days that we can build palaces for mankind but with experience we find the most we can do is to clean up their dunghills" stems from Leonardo da Vinci. As I'm quite anxious to read Genius and the Mobocracy, please advise. Clarence W. De Moss 5535 Center Avenue Pittsburgh 32, Pa. * * * EDITOR: I am an architectural draftsman and estimator with Westmoreland Construction Company and would appreciate being placed on your mailing list. I would also like to know if it is possible to get any of the back copies for this year or even before. R. E. Graft" 509 Guthrie Street Greensburg, Pa. * * * EDITOR: Knowing how much my husband would like to have that copy of Frank Lloyd Wright's Genuius and the Mobocracy, I spent an evening at the library following your "intermaxillary bone" through several medical encyclopedias. How about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe? Mary T. Garrett 10 Hagy Place Pittsburgh 32, Pa. * * * EDITOR: Please add the name of James R. O'Keefe, 6476 Jackson Street, Pitts burgh 6, to your subscription list. Mr. O'Keefe is an electrical engineer on our staff. Charles A. Hawk Heating Engineer Highland Building Pittsburgh 6, Pa. * * EDITOR: Please place my name on the mailing list to receive Charette. I am an arch - tectural student. Pamela Wagne bo:ne Lane Sewickley, Pa. (Continued on Page S) 22 DIFFERENT MODELS! MORE THAN 150 SIZES! for every industrial, commercial and home requirement Specifying Chelsea Fans for every installation is one sure way to proper ventilation. There's a Chelsea model for every requirement industrial, commercial and residental and each type is certified as to performance in accordance with the Standard Code of the Propeller Fan Manufacturers Call or Write V. E. HENDRICKSON CO LIBERTY AVENUE PITTSBURGH 24, PA. MUseum CHELSEA FAN & BLOWER CO., INC GROVE ST., IRVINGTON, N. J. CLIPPER CEILING VENTILATOR 1. Mounts in ceiling directly above stove instantly catches heat, grease and odors as they rise. 2. Only an inconspicuous "dripless" ceiling grille is visible, yet unit is easily installed. 3. Powerful squirrel-cage blower {not a fan!) creates fast-moving stream of air to do the Job efficiently. 4. Because of patented construction which isolates motor from greasy air stream, unit 5$ guaranteed 5 years. 5. Available everywhere. Stocked by dealers everywhere. ONLY TRADE-WINDS MAKES THE NEW CLIPPER Association. CABINET MODEL Cleverly concealed in a cabinet directly over the stove, the Super Clipper draws off heat, steam and contaminated air as it rises. A second inlet is placed in the ceiling to catch any hot air at that level. Available with or without stainless steel hood. Cabinets are not furnished but are available for this purpose through leading cabinet manufacturers. For Further Information Call or Write V. E. HENDRICKSON CO LIBERTY AVENUE PITTSBURGH 24, PA. MUseum CK ARETTE August, 1950

8 LETTERS (Continued) STOP Watei Damage and Damp Walls BEFORE THEY BEGIN! CRYSTAL Silicone WATER REPELLENT WILL NOT work miracles! But IT WILL Waterproof Natural and Man-Made Masonry INVISIBLY # DEEPLY LASTINGLY Not just Transparently! Not ust Superficially! Not just Temporarily! STONEKOTE MANUFACTURING CO. 620 W. WARRINGTON AVENUE HEmlock Small Factors Often Decide Fireplace Success The designer or craftsman who has the plans and dimension table, the instructions and cautions contained in this book is well armed against failure in fireplace performance... Architects gain inspiration from its scores of handsome fireplace exteriors and from chapters that breathe the spirit of this oldest domestic institution.... Chapters on planning and construction, on operating for best results, including discussion of fuels, on finding sources of trouble and repairing. Data on two-way fireplaces and projecting corner fireplaces; historic types, including the Scandinavian. Thorough discussion of heat circulating fireplaces with special reference to Dontey Heatsaver Fireplace. Price to public, 50 cents. Complimentary copy to architects writing on own stationery. PITTSBURGH 26, PA. SUCCESSFUL FIREPLACES HOW TO BUILD THEM HOW Amateurs con build their own fireplaces, to operate for the best results. to find and cure fireploce troubfes. to build and operate on outdoor fireplace. THE DONLEY BROTHERS COMPANY MILES AVENUE CLEVELAND 5, OHIO EDITOR: Concerning your quotation and its unidentified author, I would like to suggest Goethe, the composer who finished Faust when he was 82. Your other hints also lead me to believe that it is he. Thomas Nathan 130 North McLean Memphis, Tennessee EDITOR: In calling to the attention of builders the advantages of new, improved grooved nails now on the market you referred to them as "annually." Actually there are three types of grooved nails available to the home builder, all spoken of as "annularly" grooved and all resulting in better use of construction material than plain-shank commonwire nails. By replacing common nails with grooved nails, joints may be made even stronger than the units they connect. While grooved nails are slightly more expensive, this is more than compensated for by decreased cost of up-keep and repair on the job when the full strength of the structural units is not only preserved but even increased by the improved nails. A helically grooved "Screwtite" nail turns as it is driven into wood, displacing wood fibres and forming a thread in the wood. These nail grooves can grip wood so tightly that during forced nail extraction, the shank may be counter-twisted in its reverse direction! When the annularly grooved "Stronghold" nail is driven into wood it locks wedges of the wood between its grooves to be released only when the wood is destroyed or decayed. The piercing action of this nail can penetrate encased knots in many wood species even when it is made of non-hardened low-carbon steel. The newest helically grooved "Stronghold Screwnail" combines the wedging of the Stronghold nail with the uniform cross-sectional design of the Screwtite nail. Hammer or machine-driven, grooved nails may also be used instead of samelength or shorter wood screws, or they may replace by the use of nails a larger number of plain-shank or barked nails. Thus in speeding up home construction, their use results in considerable economic advantage. E. George Stern, A.I.A. Director Wood Research Laboratory Virginia Polytechnic Institute 8 CK ARETTE August, 1950

9 Reward Just 300 years ago this month (1650), the exquisite Taj Mahal at Agra, India, was completed for the Emperor Shah Jehan and his favorite wife. Twenty thousand men had worked for twenty years to create the dreamlike beauty of this marble, lagoon-fronted palace flanked by slender minarets. Legend has it that no sooner had the Shah received the Certificate of Ownership than he promptly ordered the architect thrown over a cliff just to make sure he would never duplicate for anyone else the magnificance of the Taj. This historical tidbit is revived simply as a reminder that the architect's lot is a thankless one. Then, now and 0, Lord how long? Garlic In a publicity puff sheet that crossed our desk recently we were reading along interestedly about how Lamp Designer Yasha Heifetz has created 4,370 different designs in the last eleven years and marketed 1,900 of them. "Mr. Heifetz is a slim, dynamic man," the story explained, "a musician, scholar, artist, mathematician and linguist with sound business sense and shrewd practical abilities. If you ask him how he started in the lamp business he tells you with disarming simplicity, 'In 1938 I fell in love with a salad bowl.' " There was a lot more to the story but this is as far as we got... * * * Yippy Architect John A. Grove, Jr., is mighty tickled at the dubbing "Hopalong Cassidy modern," which Forum used to describe a mess of ranch houses going up on Long Island. Thinks it's a perfect turn of phrase. * * * Remnants Architect Louis Stevens recently sold his library to John Daub, the rare bookseller opposite the B & O Station. The collection was so excellent that Daub has already sold two-thirds of it and has only the following voumes left: Denmark's Architecture of the Old South, Ramsey's Small Houses of the Late Georgian Period, Architecture T osean e, Shaw's Elizabethan Architecture, Staley's The Guilds of Florence, Wilson's Cathedrals of France, Brandon's The A nal y iris of Gothic Architecture, Venable's E pisco nil Palaces of England, Godfrey's The English Staircase, Garnett's William Blake, Fainter and Poet, Nash's The Mansions of England in th< Olden Time and Botch's Earl'f Renaissance Architect art in England. PLANS PANS "G" for Colonel It is fascinating to remember that a contractor was responsible, in a way, for one of America's most remarkable religious developments. He was George Washington Glover, a Boston builder, who married a frail young girl named Mary Baker in Mr. Glover took his bride to Charleston, became "Colonel" Glover and carried on a lucrative building operation using slave labor. Mrs. Glover was repelled by the institution of slavery, but her gentle entreaties were waved aside by the bustling young contractor. When a cathedral was required for the Negro population of Haiti, Colonel Glover won the contract, but was unhappily struck down with yellow fever before he could begin the work. This untimely widowhood left Mrs. Glover free to begin a modest writing career which led through Abolitionist and Suffragette propaganda to the founding of a new faith. Christian Science. Mrs. Glover also found time, before she died at 89, to write a bestselling, copyrighted Bible for her new religion, to earn several million dollars and to found 668 churches. And while it was the name of Mrs. Glover's third husband a sewing machine agent named Eddy that has become best known to history, Colonel Glover is not entirely neglected. H. L. Mencken once had a noted pet turtle named General Sawyer and when the General was unmanly enough to lay three eggs one moring, he was promptly rechistened "Mary Baker G. Eddy." The "G," of course, is for Colonel Glover. i; i' * Half While the Korean battle Is waged relentlessly, let us pause briefly in this month of August, 1050, to celebrate two historic anniversaries that of V-J Day (August 141 and Huev Long's birthday (Augu-t -0). Big & Best Frederick Bigger, Pittsburgh's internationally famous City Planning Commission chairman, has been selected to preside over a session of the National Planning conference of the American Society of Planning Officials in Los Angeles August 13 to 16. Rival * * * When properly stacked 1,300,000 bricks or more than 100 carloads make an open hearth furnace 85 feet long, 25 feet wide, 15 feet high. These are the vital statistics on Cleveland's latest open hearth which took nine months to build. The new stove for steel turns out 220 tons in 10 hours, compared to the 12 or 13 hours that's par for older furances. Cleveland's steel capacity will be boosted 100,000 tons a year by the new furnace. Jack of All * * * In collecting a roster of architects who forsook the T-Square for livelier or stranger pursuits, we have put down Albert Johannsen as a good example. Finding architecture tough sledding in the Iowa of the late Nineties, Johannsen turned to furniture designing and then to commercial art. Switching to science, he went back to school, got his Ph.D. and for 27 years taught petrology (study of rocks) at the University of Chicago. During this time Jie wrote poetry good enough to be anthologized, collected stamps, autographs, original manuscripts of modern authors, letters of Civil War officers and 19th Century writers, and first editions. Mr. Johannsen is currently in the limelight for having written a page book selling for $20 which has been suggested as a 1950 Pulitizer Prize winner. Called The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickel Novels, it is a magnificently thorough history and bibliography of the vanished literature that was America's reading fare for the last 40 years of the 19th Century. Tracing the elusive biographies of some 300 almost obscure authors who ground out the nickel and dime novels was just one of Mr. Johannsen's problems. The book was 17 years in the writing. It will immortalize for all time such unsalubrious characters as Dead wood Dick; Watch - Eye, the Shadow; and Dand R tk, the Man from Texas (A Wi i R< mce of tht Lam! of Gold). CHARETTE August, liol 9

10 $425,000 GRADE General Contractor, Caesar De Chicchis Plumbirfg, Zangrille Plumbing Company Heating, Pittsburgh Heating & Piping Company Electric, Reno Electric Company SCHOOL Hopp & Highberger, Architects Moie: Fo.lowing Lawrence Hopp's recent and untimely death, his partner in the Wallace School project, Frank M. Highberger, has carried the work to completion. By FRANK M. HIGHBERGER Through the many months of planning, designing and constructing the Wallace Elementary School which is now nearing completion in Baldwin Township, it has been a great satisfaction to know that we were incorporating into the structure many truly advanced ideas in school building design. Excluding the finished grading, roads and sidewalks, the school has cost $425, This figure includes complete equipment, much of it unusual in design and function. The furnishings, mostly of blond hardwood, are in storge now awaiting installation. Over 500 pupils from Prospect Park, Willock, Baldwin Highland and Wallace Ridge will occupy the building this fall. Several design features may be of special interest. An average ceiling height of 11 ft. is maintained by a slope from 10 ft. at interior walls to 12 ft. at exterior window walls. The sloping roof permits the elimination of eave gutters and the consequent maintenance necessary while at the same time improving natural lighting and acoustics. The continuous fixed wood sash has aluminum facing member- on the exterior -again to reduce maintenance while thf 1.-a-h provides maximum natural lighting. The *inii.-sr 11 nf operating sash in the classroom windows guar- I 10 CHA RE T TE A ugust, 1 H5«>

11 antees automatic mechanical control of ventilation through filtered air circulation and eliminates the hazard of adapting indoor climate to the teacher's bodily requirements rather than the pupils'. The placement of classroom wardrobes, teachers' closets, bookcases and storage units on interior walls opposite windows permits full-length glass chalkboards along the front wall and space for cork tackboard on rear walls. An construction outline of the building should make mention of its reinforced concrete foundations, the exterior walls of light buff 4 in. brick with 8 in. concrete block and brick back-up. Interior walls are of wood studding and masonry. Perhaps the most important structural characteristic is the repetitive lightweight steel frame supported by pipe columns at 16 ft. on centers. Roofing is of built up composition (one inch insulation) on poured gypsum supported by steel joists. Sub-flooring is 2% in. concrete slab on open truss steel joists. Finish floors are of asphalt tile and wood. Ceilings are of acoustic tile The continuous (Continued on Page 27) CHA RETTE August, 1<j:>0 11

12 NEW HA2ELWOOD PARKLET, FIRST OF A NUMBER IN THE CITY A FORMER VACANT LOT, ELIZABETH AND GLOSTER STREETS PROGRESS II PARKS & RECREATION By MARSHALL STALLEY Allegheny Conference on Community Development A vast civic program is under way in the Pittsburgh region. It is comprehensive and includes control of smoke and floods, abatement of stream pollution, redevelopment of blighted areas, new housing, bridges, highways, parking, and airport facilities. At work to advance these projects and others in a bold and integrated effort and in cooperation with other agencies, public and private, is the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Progress already achieved in this community development program pointed up, late in 1949, the need to enlarge and extend recreation facilities and advance conservation efforts in Western Pennsylvania. At the same time, a number of existing organizations, among them the former Horticultural Society, the Greater Pittsburgh Parks Association, the Pittsburgh Park and Mr. Stalley is assistant director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, secretary of the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council of the Conference, and secretary-treasurer of the Pittsburgh Park and Playground Society. Before he came to the Allegheny Conference four years ago, he was assistant director of the Metropolitan Cleveland Development Council. During the War he was consultant in employee relations for civilian personnel in the Secretary of War's office and planned community activities for the Pentagon Building; later he was director of community activities for the War Relocation Authority under the Department of the Interior. He studied at *he WHartcn School of»he University of Penny venía aré was graduated from Wester«Reserve vr.vers.ty at Cleveland. Playground Society, and a budding conservation; Stanton Belfour, vice group concerned with conservation, expressed chairman for recreation; and Marshall a desire to the Allegheny Con- Stalley, secretary. Serving on the ex- ference to correlate their separate activities ecutive committee in addition to the in an integrated effort to ad- officers are: Charles F. Chubb, Herecutive vance a coordinated program in these bert E. Longenecker, Park H. Martin, interrelated fields. James McClain, William R. Oliver, and In response, the Conference created, Howard B. Stewart. in December, 1949, the Recreation, From its inception, the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council. The Council operates as a part of the Conference. The Council has as its objective the sound development and use of land and facilities in Western Pennsylvania, conservation, and scientific purposes. It endeavors to bring together and advance the efforts of various groups interested in the related fields of recreation, conservation, parks, horticulture, zoology, biology, and other sciences. The Council recognizes the responsibility of government at all levels, including the local municipality, the county, and the state, for the provision of adequate recreation, conservation, and park facilities for the people of Westem Pennsylvania. Serving on the Council are seventysix people who are interested in the various fields of recreation, conservation, and parks. Each member serves as an individual and not as a representative or delegate from any agency. Actively engaged in directing and carrying out the program of the Council are the officers and members of the executive committee. The officers are: A. W. Schmidt, chairman; James F. HT vice chairman for parks; M. < a^ar^ Netting, vice chairman for Conservation and Park Council has been aware of the extensive facilities available and accessible to the people of the Pittsburgh region including vacation areas, points of historical significance, and opportunities for weekend trips. It has felt that these facilities are not fully appreciated and utilized, perhaps in part through the lack of sufficient public information about them. Various agencies and organizations public, private, and commercial have issued recreation maps, tour guides, directories, and listings of specialized activities. But there was no single over-all consolidated catalogue describing the variety of facilities in existence. Hence, one of the first endeavors of the Council was to create public awareness of the diversified resources available for recreation to the people of the Pittsburgh region. Toward this end, the Council has just published (June 1950) Recreation Guide to the Pittsburgh Region. Written by Gilbert Love, this Recreation Guide is presented by the Council to encourage fuller utilization of the vast recreation and vacation opportunities available to the people of this area. It may be revised in future years to reflect new 12 CK ARETTE August, 1950

13 Reprinted Through Courtesy of Carnegie Magazine CHILDREN'S ZOO IN HIGHLAND PARK, OPENED LAST SEPTEMBER, IS PROVING VERY information and reissued from time to time as a continuing civic service of the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council. In the Pittsburgh area, as in the country as a whole, significant changes have taken place which emphasize the increasing importance of leisure time and the development of facilities for recreation. Today more people are at work with longer vacation periods with pay. The work week has grown shorter and the week end longer. In general, more people have more time and resources available for recreation. A program to enlarge and extend recreation and cultural opportunities is under way. It is an integral part of the total civic program being carried out in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. In 1947, as a part of the "Pittsburgh Package," state enabling legislation was secured permitting the consolidation of two city bureaus relating to recreation, and the creation by the City of Pittsburgh of the Department of Parks and Recreation with full departmental status. The City Bond Issue, approved in 1947, included a $4,000,000 modernization and improvement program for city park and recreation facilities. A new combined conservatory and aviary is being built on the North Side. Major improvements have been made at the Highland Park Zoo. New swimming pools are being constructed in the city. Through a grant from the Sarah Mellon Scaife Foundation, coadministered by the Confernce, the city was provided in 1949 with a new Chidren's Zoo at Highland Park. Through a pattern established by a grant from James F. Hillman, chairman of the Allegheny Conference, and co-operation and financial assistance from the City of Pittsburgh, a network of "parklets" has been established within the last two years in crowded residential areas needing neighborhood recreational facilities. Two of these ÇHA RETTE A ugust, iyf>0 parklets now exist in the Hill District, one in lower Hazelwood, one on the North Side, and a fifth, the Shaler Parklet on Mt. Washington. Following this "parklet" pattern, a group of Lawrenceville business men made a grant to the city through the Allegheny Conference of $5,100 for the acquisition of land for a parklet in Lawrenceville. The City agreed to provide $20,000 for the development and construction of the parklet. This was followed in April, 1950, by a grant of playground equipment costing approximately $1,000 from the Pittsburgh Park and Playground Society, a private agency recently reorganized and co-operating closely with the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council. The parklet in Lawrenceville will be built and in use this summer. This summer, also, a seventh parklet will be built, located near Mercy Hospital at Vickroy and Magee streets. The City of Pittsburgh has set aside $25,000 for this purpose. With the disbanding recently of the Pittsburgh Horticultural Society, responsibility for providing assistance to MimÜ POPULAR Mitchell & Richey Architects the city for the Spring and Fall Flower Shows and making grants for plant materials and improvements to the Conservatory nows rests with the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council. The Phipps Conservatory, administered by the City Department of Parks and Recreation, has grown over the years in importance to the community. It has an annual city operating budget of $145,000. This year a $75,000 bond fund improvement program was carried out at the Conservatory. The 1950 Spring Flower Show was an outstanding success and attracted an attendance of 135,152 people, exceeding the previous record of 1949 by 13,064. Income from the nominal admission charged at night for the Spring Flower Show, together with private grants made to the Horticultural Fund of the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council, will be applied toward costs for forthcoming flower shows and improvements in the Conservatory. The role of the Council in this horticultural activity is to co-operate with the city (Continued on Page 24) RECLAMATION ON A STRIPPED MINED AREA AT BURGETTSTOWN, NEAR PITTSBURGH

14 0, THE DRAFTSMAN'S LOT DESIGN SERVICE ASSOC.... through these portals, pass... If the world is unsufficiently stocked with architects, there may be good reason for the shortage. Few professions require a more lengthy training period or a more unrewarding apprenticeship than does architecture with its five years of intensive college work plus three more years of drafting experience in a professional office before the fledgling designer is eligible for architectural registration. Add to these stiff qualifications, the bitter struggle for recognition and clients once the young architect opens his office and it is little wonder that there are casualties each year among all architectural graduating classes young men with valuable design training who become barbers or bankers and are lost to architecture forever. Aside, however, from the gaff dodgers, there are the spiritual and mental casualties left in the profession young men of ideas and talent brought to compromise with office tradition, other young men whose artistic integrity is conquered by slow attrition, and last but perhaps most tragic, young artists who in their zeal to be good draftsmen forget architecture altogether. This situation is neither undermined nor improved by the fact that solid training is admittedly necessary for the architect who is entrusted with both the physical safety and spiritual quality of man's environment. But neither will today's apprenticeship system ever change for the betterment of the profession if the prevailing attitude among architects is that all bright young men eventually succeed

15 IS A LOWLY ONE... Mondrian effect... as architects and the dull young men remain draftsmen. Nothing in life is quite so simple. Environment is as much the Vigoro of human nature as human nature is the molder of environment. A few progressive architects throughout the country encourage their draftsmen to do work on their own, counselling them and acting otherwise masterfully in their duty toward the profession. Whether this sort of practice is common in Pittsburgh offices has not been determined, but a recent development may prove interesting. An experiment in independence that may enliven the draftsman's lot in life is being attempted by a new Pittsburgh enterprise known as Design Service Assoc. (not Associates but Assoc.). Founded less than a month ago by two of Carnegie Tech's zippiest 1950 graduates Howard Johe and Tasso Katselas the studio offers architects the following services interiors, sketches, renderings, lettering, drafting and models. Open only evenings and Saturdays and Sundays, these peculiar office hours are conditioned by the fact that both partners had no sooner tacked their names on the burlap covered door than each was hired away by leading architectural offices of the district. Howard Johe joined the staff of Silling & Tucker in Charleston, West Virginia, to do design work and Katselas has recently become a full-time draftsman for Ingham, Boyd & Pratt in Pittsburgh. Due to a considerable investment in burlap (all door coverings and desk), paint (the studio boasts 500 square feet of space), and rhododendrons, the abandonment of the attractive offices so soon after their emergence from the rat-infested third floor of an ancient building at 310 Ross Street was considered uneconomical. Mr. Katselas has assumed the presidency in Mr. Johe's absence and, with the help of other Tech graduate friends, will carry on at the four large boards in the spacious drafting room. Equipped with engineering training both at Tech and in the Navy, plus his diploma in architecture and student work for both Mitchell & Ritchey and Robert Schmertz, Katselas will supervise all work, keep books, pay the telephone bills and worry about the rent. It is suggested that all members of the profession drop in at 310 Ross Street to see how $196, a bushel of youthful enthusiasm and unlimited elbow grease can transform a crummy loft into a distinctive modern interior designed to reflect the considerable talent and courage of today's young architectural graduates.. entrance to four drafting boards. k CHARETTE August, l'j.%0

16 Tucker & Silling, Architects Robert L. Lepper, Muralist SKMAMA AJI AIRPORT TERMINAL Pittsburgh has given Charleston, West Virginia, a spanking new $1,000,000 air terminal building. Before Pa Pitt's overburdened taxpayers rise up to mutiny, it should be explained that the gift is purely an artistic one. Designed by Carnegie Tech Architect Cy Silling, built by Contractor Charles J. Kuhn, a Tech civil engineer graduate, the building is distinguished by its unusual ceiling. Stretching eighty feet across the concourse of the giant terminal is a colorful skyorama, a mural designed and executed by Painter Robert L. Lepper, professor in Tech's Painting and Design Department. Depicting the vastness, the past progress and future possibilities of commercial aviation, the mural has been described by top C. A. A. authorities as "the Federal airways story." The factual and technical accuracy of the mural leaves Muralist Lepper proud but astonished. Flight moves into "weather"... through the principle of iiff.. 16 "I'm not a flyer," he admits, "and what I know about aviation has been picked up on commercial flights in between Life and Newsweek. But when Silling called me a couple of years ago and said I'd better get ready to do an aviation mural, I talked to several air experts, dug through a batch of old Fortunes and did considerable other research. I just hope the theme of the mural hasn't obscured the fact that it's supposed to be art." As live witnesses and the accompanying photographs prove, Mr. Lepper's concern is sheer modesty. The vivid blue, green, yellow, red and white colors of the mural plus the swish, the woggle and play of the design on its concave surface combine to produce a pleasing feeling of abstraction growing out of the quite precise symbols of the work. Tracing the essentials of flight, Lepper begins the mural theme at the terminal entrance with a mammoth conical projection of the world from which a streak of white "flight" takes off from a point recognizable as Charleston. Moving on to an expansive cross section of a navigation chart which picks up the true colors used for terrain identification, the flight moves into "weather" symbolized by a»election of familiar cloud formations. Out of the clouds, the "principle of lift" is represented by an elongated wingsection, "thrust" by a conventional (Pratt-Whitney) engine together with a breezy streak of the fundamentals of jet CK ARETTE August, 1950

17 propulsion. Completing the mural is a landing field layout complete with air strips, radar screen, landing lights and instrument landing symbols, all spun together in a breathtaking climax. More than a year's planning went into the preliminary sketch for the mural and the elaborate model of the building which Lepper built to experiment with. Technical problems were tricky. Acoustic plaster on the terminal ceiling was to provide sound absorption. An oil paint applied to the plaster would have cancelled out its effectiveness. Water paints which would not disturb the acoustic property of the ceiling had to be developed for the greater part of the mural. In six key areas, however, oil paint was used for emphasis. Sketching out, pattern-wise, the dimensions for the transfer of the design from model to ceiling was a herculean job requiring more stretch and brawn than talent. A special protective varnish was developed to minimize surface gloss and to give the ceiling a certain "glow." Once all prior planning was complete, there remained only the job of painting the mural. This, Lepper reports, was where the fun began. Working from a movable scaffold while marble setters, carpenters and iron workers were busy but enthusiastic side-walk superintendents below, Lepper painted for two months. Once weekly he put down his paint brushes, closed his cans and flew from Charleston to Pittsburgh to teach his classes at Tech. On one trip home he landed in New York and on the same trip back, wound up in Knoxville. "I have been very careful," says Lepper, "to include in my design -a hint of future hoped-for progress in radar and instrument landing systems. This is so that when allweather flying becomes a reality and I don't have to cool my heels in Knoxville or New York, the mural will not be obsolete!" Air strips... radar... landing lights... instrument landing ***?» I ^ ^ m mêêbbêêêëèè. More stretch and brawn... than talent Pittsburgh has given Charleston... $1,000,000 air terminal... a m «««' ^ w lalll CHARETTE -August, 1950

18 THE MISSING I I\K IN ARCHITECTURE TODAY EDITOR'S NOTE: Prompted by the question, "What should we expect esthetically of a work of architecture?" posed in last month's Charette by an article entitled Critique, Walter Kidney answers from the standpoint of a non-architect very interested in the art. "\ would consider these ideas superfluous but for what I consider a great lack in buildings/ 7 says the author. It is this lack an important one that Mr. Kidney explores in this article. by Walter C. Kidney Many efficient buildings boasting The balcony is certainly a timegood sound floor plans present themselves along any street. But they are uninteresting. They look oppressive or honored projection, but many of to- clumsy or even unstable. They bore. For the interest they pique, they could be so many slag heaps. They may be baldly plain or they may have a rash of ornamentation. The effect is the same. What's wrong with them? My beliei is that they lack an element of expression. One should be able to look at a building and see the architect's soul. Even in a time when so little architecture is inspiring, one should be able at least to look and see the architect's intent. But in today's buildings one fails to sense the substance of their construction, the individual qualities of their materials, their distribution of function, their mass and volume. They fail, in short, to convey the feeling that they have been designed with skill, built in a certain way and for a specific purpose. Either too heavy or too fragile with no reason for being so, frizzed up with utterly meaningless decoration or else as plain as vanilla pudding, they are not alive. The building as an idea, as an emotion, is a failure through lack o* the expressive element. Ornament is one method of expression, comparable somewhat to raiv jewels that may make a beautiful wornman even more fascinating. But so much can be done with other elements with accent Vines, texture, projections. Let us consider as examples balconies, mild brick walls and fenestration. day's balconies give one the impression of a mannerist construction with drawers. Stone balconies, overdone and out of proportion, look unsubstantial. With no visible means of support, balconies should look light and airy. But they look ponderously heavy. They look dangerous. Here, where the cantilever should find its full expression, we have an unnerving lack of balance, transmitted by the eye to the already overstrained nervous system. The uneasy height of a brick wall can be relieved. At Syria Mosque, along a side where pseudo-orientalism is at a minimum, two kinds of brick are used, a band of several courses of one alternating with several courses of the other. The horizontal effect of these bands, rounding corners and piling on top of each other, going just above and just below the sparse fenestration so that no bands were cut, give the building a substantial appearance. Or we can take an example of fenestration analagous to that of the Mosque and just across the street the basement of Soldiers Memorial. The large auditorium part of the Memorial rises from a one-story outcropping of predominantly horizontal character. This outcropping, the basement, houses the minor functions of the Memorial It is given, therefore, a look of subordination. It is an effective pnpaiaton foi the auditorium«its m ill aie of diffci entiated layers of stont mtcnuptcd once in a while by a mi >i\t tfooimi\ or a tall window growing out of the heavy water-table. Otherwise it is perfectly continuous except for little square windows made by leaving the middle courses incomplete and allowing the surrounding ones to continue. The windows have, through this treatment, a look of having been planned as an integral part of the building, instead of having been improvised. This is important. Another method of dealing with fenestration was adopted in the octagon of the Foster Memorial. Here windows are surrounded by a plain wall of stone, surrounded in turn by arches, buttresses, and foundation. The plain wall is manifestly a screen, conveying beautifully the relation of mass to mass in the construction. Here, as in any true work of architecture, no doubt is left about the building's construction. (Some doubt is, perhaps justified. If there is a concealed steel frame in the Memorial, then it is not architec- architectural expression but tural Tartu fferie). Another example in masonry effects is the Court House. The windows admit light through the heavy structure of the first and second floors. The reveals are neatly cut, the lintels are supported by smooth granite columns with hard, strong lines. The granite is roughened only when it will not be in the way. If the columns, both here and in the courtroom windows, had been left rough, we would have the feeling of an unsubstantial pile. had rock 18 CK ARETTE August, 1950

19 keeps these heavy walls from falling into the gaps that serve as windows? A mystery. Why don't apartment designers abandon ornament and take from the brick wall its typical appearance of not being able to stand? The walls, showing little thickness and comprised of thousands of little elements, seem dangerously high, as though the first breeze would push them over. This is the effect when fenestration reveals the depth of the wall. Moreover, windows often are dislocated gaps in a slice of apparently disconnected elements and look as though they had been pierced purposely to weaken the construction further. To look at today's ordinary frame house is painful. Remove, in your mind's eye, the shutters (which shut out nothing), the stock doorway, and what's left? A sort of crate, one or two stories high, employing various expedients to gain the low proportions of a Cape Cod cottage. The predominant feature is the white clapboard, fighting the verticality of the building. The house is covered with these horizontal slats of wood, dangling from their topsides. This seems rather ridiculous when board-and-batten construction is superior to clapboard in three distinct ways. It reveals the rib-and-tissue construction of the wooden house. It accents the verticality, thereby making a virtue of it. It serves as a design element especially when the battens are darkened, or when sun strikes the surface creating shadowy angles. Boardand-batten is an American invention, I believe, and as such should be economical to employ. Shingled houses are often esthetically satisfying especially when the shingles are genuine and unpainted. Victorian architects used to design a whole house as a plastic sculpture in shingles, suggesting possibilities today. And metal construction, with welding and without disguise, is finding its own forms of expression today. These are a few familiar examples of the expressive element and how it is either heeded or shunned by architects. I believe that no architecture deserving of the name can exist without it. I do not ask that buildings be beautiful. Beautiful is an arbitrary word, meaning many things to many men in many different ages. But what is absolutely necessary is that architecture make no pretense, that it express itself as structure, as conditioned environment, as mass, as space. One fault is common to almost all contemporary apartment houses. As invariably as if it were natural law, they are of brick. And it is considered sufficiently architectural to apply a veneer of ornament to bottom and top, leaving the bare brick walls hanging heavy over the windows. What miracle As a good example of design, Highland Towers Apartment presents a logical spectacle. The general shape of the building is that of a U, with the ends of the two wings fronting on Highland Avenue. Let us consider these ends. From the basement rises a kind of frame of toast-colored brick, enclosing a screen-like central portion of vertical supporting members with spandrels between floors. Between these are the windows. Here is an effect infinitely better than all the unassociated embrasures of the conventional apartment house. Here there is the effect of a single unit, subdivided but nevertheless all one thing. All heaviness is banished until the top of the frame is reached. This is supported at intervals by the vertical members, and all uneasiness is quelled. It is my opinion that fenestration determines the success of a building. If it is carried out badly nothing can save a structure esthetically. When the architect unites the windows of one room, or of a vertical series of identical rooms, as above, he has done a lot for the expression of his building. A building should be as real to the intellect as it is to the touch.

20 P A T T E R I for a birth announcement (Appropriate for Architect, Builder, Contractor, Draftsman, Designer, Engineer) No Twentieth Century child is considered properly faunched without a birth announcement that is just a wee bit cleverer, a mite more amusing than the last one dreamed up by the proud parents down the street. Despite all the modern-father training courses, books of instruction and articles of sympathy and advice, we believe that the expectant father of today is too unnerved and too inclined toward mild hysteria to be burdened with the task of creating a completely original birth announcement for his progeny. As an aid, therefore, to mass production of birth announcements we present this pattern (the design of Papa-Architect Hymen Rosenberg) as a helpful suggestion to all fathers and fathers-to-be in the building field. Minor changes in the copy will make the formula adaptable to any player in the building game even the sub-contractor. Sub-contractors do have children, don't they? They should. They (censored). o o z 0 O < (3d rs J5< i 5 8 I V> J* < 0 ^ 5 i c U a* 5 c 2 ^.. ' h- K O *J o < O jp O a Q 0 5 K do* r o «-Q 3 at 2 - c * L" ~o c 2 3 «o 0 TV 3i -s a * c * C * < 4 II u 2 8f Q. J ^ x D -+» O V t «o 0 4- O n ««S 2 < - 2 u a -C J «* -c 1- o 0 -Q * -o 0. C S TJ.0 u 0 r " V o oi * ^ o isj u W * C Sf 3 < & 4- x S o o ui t? V) US t i * c6 O r O if\ 0 ± a o r JC 2 * r - o CO f- o v0 : * Oo? «i * I- ki X 5f ui O o 2 a a > D t OO ~0 L J) 0 0 lo + N- - 1) ^ ^ 2 2 co; K Ui UI V- ^ o 5 Z u d. O o v ui i2 Q 20 CHARE TTE August, 1950

21 HERE & THERE... Courtesy Structural Clay Products Institute Bellevue Clinic &eil«voe, Washington Bliss Moor«, Jr. & Assoc., Architects CHARETTE August,

22 THE WINNÀH! Charette wishes to announce that Mary Garrett, wife of architectural student Don L. Garrett, was the first correspondent to identify the Mystery Quotation correctly as that of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Other guesses included Thomas Jefferson, Leonardo Da Vinci, Vesalius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Voltaire and Herbert C. Douden. Goethe was the most frequently received answer but Mrs. Garrett's special delivery letter arrived fist. A copy of Frank Lloyd Wrights Genius and the Mobocracy has been sent her as a prize. Open Letter to Draftsmen from U. S. Steel Corp, United States Steel Corporation is seeking a Cartographer for its Sales Department, Office of Sales Organization Counsel, Cartographic Section. We are of the opinion that an architectural draftsman may have the qualifications to fill this position. Preferred age is between 28 and 35. Educational background should include high school and at least one year's training in graphic arts, drafting, sketching, freehand lettering and water coloring. Business experience (essential) for at least one year in the preparation of cartographic materials such as colored organization charts, functional diagrams, business graphs, pictorial sketches, and (secondly) blue prints, architectural sketches, mechanical layouts, maps, glass slides, slide-films, pictographs, flip-flops, etc., is required. Highly developed working skill in preparing graphic presentations in visualization, perspective, layout, coloring and pictorial design plus a willingness to receive supervision to enhance his abilities through organized training and practice are essentials. Salary is $4,500 with variation upward or downward, depending on our appraisal of initial qualifications and capacity for further development. Write Mr. Ralph Raymond, Director of Sales Personnel, at address below. Personnel Assistant U. S. Steel Corp. 436 Seventh Avenue Pittsburgh 30, Pa. 9&ART LIVING 300 drawings, two-thirds of which have never appeared before. Jeff Coats At all bookstores $3.50 HARPER Details of Distinction... Architect Harry Widom recently designed this intimate bar which is really a jewel of perfection. Built of imported Korina Hardwood, the quality millwork is a typical example of Forbes Craftsmanship. It was indeed a pleasure working with Mr. Widom and the M. B. Parker Company, Contractors, on this interesting detail. l\ I IJL«. m ntit BrSBflSSlUI Call the Forbes man for any millwork problems MOntrose FORBES LUMBER AND SUPPLY CO. Cheswick, Pa. MOntrose "MILLWORK BY FORBES" is a phrase creeping more and more into specifications. The quality of our work plus our excellent lumber delivery service speaks for itself. CHARETTE -August, 1950

23 /ttt&e TiJatiace ScAooi- ACOUSTICAL CEILINGS... ASPHALT TILE FLOORS WOOD FLOORS... LEATHERTEX WAINSCOTING STANDARD FLOOR COMPANY A SPECIAL INSTALLATION OF THE GYMNASIUM FLOOR IS OF MOST INTEREST! You will notice in the above picture that the sleepers of the gymnasium floor are imbedded in the mastic laid over Stafco on-grade Sealer, rather than imbedded in the concrete. This superior method of construction creates ventilation that prevents the rotting of sleepers and helps to prevent any movement of the finished floor. This is one of several types of gymnasium floor that Standard Floor Company has found to be so successful over the years. Write or phone now for complete details concerning floor construction in gymnasiums. Our representative will be glad to help you work out the best method for your job. STANDARD FLOOR COMPANY FIRST FLOOR GULF BUILDING PITTSBURGH, PENNA. CHARETTE August,

24 IMMÀMmmDOW Aluminum Construction. Self-locking in Any Position Weatfiertight Prompt Delivery Guaranteed (Substantial Stock on Hand) For - Homes, Apartments, Hotels, Churches, Public Buildings. DISTRIBUTED BY Panels open 90 Wide in quick easy operation. Both sides of gloss panels ore supported by "PATENTED" concealed cross-shaft, joining panels into one smooth working unit, (exclusive feature) BUILDING SPECIALTIES CO. CENTURY BUILDING ATIantic PITTSBURGH 22, PA. m - METM. GLftllHG COHPWX "tssis^ P11IS1II6» 11 EXPRESS PARKS & RECREATION (Cont'd) and assist by providing- supplementary funds for needed plant materials and capital expenditures. A grant of $25,000 from the Sarah Mellon Scaife Foundation has made possible the initiation of a city street tree-planting and hillside beautification program this year. No program of this kind has been carried out in Pittsburgh since the great depression. The grant was made through the Allegheny Conference to the city, and the project is being carried out with the co-operation and assistance of the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council. Early this year a detailed survey was completed by the city forester. This was done to select areas needing planting consistent with the requirements of the city as a whole and the nature of the project. In April a contract was let for the planting of individual street shade trees. This work was completed during the spring planting season, and 717 individual street shade trees have been planted in carefully selected areas in Stanton Heights, East Brookline, Greenfield, North Side, and Squirrel Hill. This planting program consists of two parts: the individual shade tree program and the planting of hillsides. In connection with the latter, a committee consisting of representatives from the city and the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council has been at work to review potential sites for hillside planting. Adjacent to the Bloomfield Playground, below the bridge, the planting of a hillside, previously an unofficial dump, is now being completed. If this demonstration hillside planting program proves successful, it is anticipated that it may be extended in These various projects in horticultural improvements street shade-tree planting, hillside beautification, the provision of parklets are examples of the partnership approach between private effort and public effort that has characterized the broader civic program under way in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Another example is the project to provide an outdoor municipal amphitheater for civic light opera being financed by the City of Pittsburgh and the Edgar J. Kaufmann Educational and Charitable Trust. Paralleling recreational developments in the City of Pittsburgh, the State has acted not only to advance the Point Park, but to extend recreational facilities at Racoon Creek and Laurel Hill State Parks. Essential to the carrying out of the objectives of the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council is immediate CHARETTE -August, 1950

25 and effective action to enable the preservation of a minimum number of scenic, biologic, geologic, and historical areas for present and future citizens of Western Pennsylvania. M. Graham Netting, assistant director of Carnegie Museum, is vice chairman for conservation of the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council. This division of the Council has responsibility for advancing conservation efforts in Western Pennsylvania and now has on its active agenda several unspoiled valleys. Portions of Slippery Rock Creek and its tributaries are unmatched in Western Pennsylvania in scenic and geologic interest. The Greater Pittsburgh Parks Association, an agency co-operating with the Recreation, Conservation and Park Council, has preserved and protected the McConnell's Mills section. With the approval of the Greater Pittsburgh Parks Association, a committee is at work making a detailed landutilization study of the area. A proposal has been made that a small gorge of about twenty-five acres in Butler County be preserved as a geological monument exemplifying stream diversion resulting from glaciation. Action on this front is anticipated this year. The Council has proposed to the Pennsylvania Game Commission that the Commission acquire and develop an area for a waterfowl sanctuary, a small-scale Pymatuning near Pittsburgh. If such a waterfowl sanctuary is created, it is hoped that certain contiguous areas might be acquired by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Fish Commission or other bodies, to be utilized for hunting, fishing, recreation and nature trails. In addition, the conservation division of the Council has had on its program, assistance in formulating a national water-resource policy, co-operating with the Fox Chapel Garden Club in planning a conservation essay contest for students in Aspinwall and Fox Chapel schools, consultation with the Squaw Run Garden Club which instituted during May and June indoor and outdoor conservation programs and demonstration for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in the Dorseyville area, and the starting of a file of all areas in Western Pennsylvania which may merit preservation. Thus, this newly formed Recreation, Conservation and Park Council of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development has launched its efforts to make its contribution to improve the livability of Western Pennsylvania for the present and future citizens of this Pittsburgh region. A perfect ^ kitchen recipe^ ''palleti i Modern I Kit«*«'* 0, COKVIH«««; o n y ^ 7 s s n Mode in Pittsburgh by \ Pulley Manufacturing Company Plant, offices and showroom West North Avenue, Pittsburgh 33, STEEL KITCHENS HOSPITAL CABINETRY DUQUESNE SLAG PRODUCTS COMPANY 809 BINGHAM STREET PITTSBURGH 3, PA. Phone: HUbbard Air Cooled Blast Furnace Slag; For Better Roofing, Macadam, Concrete, Bituminous Premixes and Treatments Sand and Gravel RIVER, RAIL AND TRUCK DELIVERY Member Pennsylvania Slag Association CHARETTE August,

26 1 BATH Mil; IS FOR BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS ARCHITECTURE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT PRODUCTS INSTALLATION PROGRESS COLOR A* (Effttrri? 910 Federal St., Pittsburgh 12, Pa. FAirfax Navarro Corporation General Contractors A manufacturer, Henry Weis, maker of Weisway shower cabinets in color, for babies, for growing children and other shower innovations, has issued a helpful catalog in which the problem of the modern bath is reduced to some seven logical solutions. Following in his manufacture what he calls "blueprint styling," Weis suggests the bathroom floor plans illustrated here which, while naturally incorporating his product, also indicate several good ideas for today's bath-happy family requirements. Even in small homes where floor area limited, an extra bathroom can sometimes be made possible by this plan utilizing a corner entrance shower. Irregular floor areas, as likely to crop up in a revised floor plan as not, can be used for a complete bathroom when the shower is closeted outside the common rectangular space. Two complete baths with minimum plumbing connections yet unidentical, can be incorporated into a new plan or offer a solution to bath bugaboo in remodeling plans. Three bathrooms in relatively small floor areas with a high degree of individual privacy are provided here. Fixture makes for piping economy. is arrangemenr DOMINIC NAVARRO, President NAVARRO BUILDING BROAD STREET PITTSBURGH 6, PA. EMerson Here is a maximum required dimension of nine feet in a compartmentized bath affording privacy and increased usability. Fixture arrangement here gives the practical effect of two bathrooms with the use of only one shower. Particularly suited for connecting bath facilities between bedrooms. BUILDERS OF Schools Theatres Apartments Hospitals Going direct to shower from out-of-doors makes this plan practical for suburban, summer and farm homes. "Tpo' g x ] 10 Industrial and Commercial Buildings Housing Developments 26 CK ARETTE August, 1950

27 WALLACE SCHOOL (Continued) wood fixed sash mentioned above was custom built by a local window manufacturer and features stainless steel facia on cornices and aluminum window sills. Two-pipe steam, gas-fired boilers provide the heating system. Continuous convectors, unit ventilators and storage cabinets are combined in the design of the ventilating system. Both incandescent and fluorescent lighting are used. Natural light control is effected by a rolling type of blind with wood slats. On three levels corresponding to the gentle slope of the site, the building has been carefully oriented for maximum exploitation of the ground characteristics. The floor plan has been arranged as nearly as possible to segregate various age and class groups. Kindergarten and primary grades occupy the lower west wing of the building while older pupils use the upper east wing. By concentrating all common activities and space for multiple requirements in the central part of the structure, the division of age groups is made both effective and convenient. As satisfying as the way the many problems presented were worked out in close-cooperation with all interested boards and agencies, has been the final spirit of the building as exemplified in its exterior form. We have been told that the structure seems to "fly," to reach out to the sky. If the feeling of aspiration has a place in architecture, surely it is appropriate in the elementary schools of the nation the cradles where young children first exercise their wings as future citizens. MATERIALS LIST STANDARD FLOORS CO., floor,wainscotting, acoustic ceiling; BUILDING SPECIALTIES CO., Nucite colored glass chalkboards; LIMBACH CO., roofing, stainless steel trim; PITTSBURGH PLATE GLASS CO., glass; INDIANA LUMBER & SUPPLY CO., lumber; GEORGE P. SMITH, plastering; E. K GEYSER CO., wood sash; GUIBERT STEEL CO., structural steel; RICH ARDS-WILCOX MFG. CO., disappear ing wardrobes; SAMUEL McKNIGHT HARDWARE CO., hardware; PAUL KRESS & SON, cut stone; HYMAN BLUM CO., tie rods; JAMES H. MAT- THEWS & CO., bronze tablet; FRANK CORSO & SONS, ornamental iron; HOUGH SHADE CORP., window shades. CHARETTE -August, 1950 Theaters Restaurants ~ Gas or Oil Fuel LESS CLEANING No constant, heavy house cleaning. Draperies, furniture coverings, rugs and woiis stay clean and fresh for unbel ievably long periods. MORE COMFORT No sudden gushes of warm air, alternating with co'd drafts. Heat flows evenly, gently. Humidity s maintained at correct levels you breathe c?eon, moist air. Afih>«cts to«fr9t'»r\ Of* < '*' (««(«ttt o«r «eel-'-» Seme j u r a z i n Carpet for heavy traffic areas Arrazin solves the problem of carpeting heavy traffic areas. Fabric textured vinyl on a sponge rubber base, Arrazin combines durability, comfort and cleaning ease. With ten non-fading colors Arrazin blends with any decorative scheme. Even better, Arrazin is stainproof just wash it with regular floor cleaning equipment. 521 Pressley St. COMPANY Pittsburgh 12, Pa. CLEANS as it HEATS with the WESTINGHOUSE DUALTRON is a new but thoroughly proved system of heating, combined in a single, compact, space-saving unit with the famous Westing house Precipitron. It cleanses oir electronically removes up to 90% of the damaging dirt before it gets a chance to enter Hit heating system. DUALTRON then heats the clean air outomaficafty, with an efficiency that brings new comfort in any degree of winter weather. It's ar one operation. The DUALTRON Company 322 Perry Highway Pittsburgh 29, Pa. Phone WEIIington

28 STRICTLY BUSINESS BxDai.M*.,,«. With CROSS-PILOT SAFETY LIGHTING NEW 1950 WESTERN Forced-Air FURNACE Factory Tested «Steel Ribbon Burners m Advanced Safety Control e Factory Installed Controls Completely Assembled Removable Blower Totally Enclosed For Further Information Call MOntrose PROIE & C00GAN HEATING COMPANY Wholesale Distributors Broad St. Pittsburgh 6, Pa. Of the 6,000,000 people who guffaw at Dale McFeatters "Strictly Business" cartoons in Scripps-Howard newspapers, probably not more than 600 know that Dale is a Pittsburgher and director of Westinghouse Electric's Employe Information. As former business editor of the Pittsburgh Press, McFeatters drew his first shaky samples of "Strictly Business" strictly as an experiment. When they clicked, he was soon syndicated and launched on a career of seeing the funny side of a very sobersided American institution Business. While no segment of business is safe from McFeatters irony, he directs STRICTLY BUSINESS wm**«many of his trenchant jibes at management, being especially adept at piercing the stuffed shirts of corporation board members. Noting Dale's recent trend toward graphic comment on real estate and building practices, we called him to ask whether perchance he had just gone through some unhappy experience in the home field himself that might account for his observations. We can report that Dale lives contentedly in Chatham Village, has nothing against real estate agents, home builders or even architects. He's just a cartoonist and everything is grist for his mill. I STRICTLY BUSINESS by mcf.*^«to SAW Fineet gmoiine-powered chain saw j V for a!! tree work, wood cutting.etc. ft; Weighs only 25 Ite.» develop* full - 3 hp. Starts instantly. Cuts ra any position take it anywhere. vti-jjl«iriklv* H tjß^, Jjt jilt HATIÛHWIDE SALES & SERVICE "Yes, I can see it's made of pre-war materials bui which war?" "71MS must be it., 'Unfinished second flow'!" Builders! Contractors! Rent o Chain Saw. Clear Wooded Lots or Right-of«Ways FAST! Save Time- Save Money Also Available: 5 H.P. McCulloch Two - Man Chain Saws with Blades up to 60 Inches. Prices from $ to S425.0C f.o.b. Angeles. STRICTLY BUSINESS by McFeatter* MODEL 5-49 TWO-MAN SAW Sales RENTALS Service GIL-CON TOOL LIBRARY ROAD (Route SS CASTLE SHANNON, PGR, 34, PA. Plantation barre I» worry abmst I jmt ear wills a é«md battery!" "See Sum nmcia better your house wodfd took wkb our pmsst?" 28 CH ARETTE- August, 1950

29 STRICTLY BUSINESS «y o«f< Me*««.,, "This house has an extra feature the people next door have a television set!" STRICTLY BUSINESS bymcf..««quiet Please! For Expert Sound Conditioning with ACOUSTI-CELOTEX $ $ THE GEORGE P. LITHE CO., INC. 211 Cremo Street, Pittsburgh 12 Phone: CEdar 8717 Also Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, Columbus "Ye»?' ORNAMENTAL METAL WORK LIGHT STRUCTURAL STEEL STRICTLY BUSINESS W Mes** METAL RAILINGS FIRE ESCAPES STAIRS R E I L I N G MANUFACTURING COMPANY One of Pittsburgh's Largest Shops KELLY ST. M0ftfr se PITTSBURGH 6, PA. **I see you're Having trouble with unseasoned wood, too!** CHARETTE -August, 1950

30 Switch Boards?898 Panel Boards Pictured is a Converti-Fuse Power and Light Distribution Panel which can be built to customer specifications or designed by our Engineering Department to meet your specifications. Our material meets all standards of the National Fire Underwriters' Code, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and State and City Building requirements. Our outstanding reputation for the past half-century has been founded on the fact that we have constantly improved our products to meet the ever increasing demand for high quality and safety in electrical equipment. PENN ELECTRICAL COMPANY Manufacturers of Switch Boards and Panel Boards IRWIN PENNSYLVANIA Memo From the Octagon AIA National News A national committee on public relations is being established by the A. I. A. Duties will involve formulating both a public relations policy and program, subject to the Executive Board's approval. This to "satisfy the increasing demands of the membership." * * * The Public Housing Authority will shortly issue to local authorities a circular incorporating certain revisions that have been made in "definition of services to be rendered by the architect." This is the result of a meeting between A. I. A. and P. H. A. officials where controversial items in the A. I. A.-P. H. A. contract were ironed out, phraseology reworded and interpretations agreed upon. Harvey Schwab of Pittsburgh served on this committee. * * * To bring home builders and architects into closer rapport, committees have been appointed by AIA and the NAHB to work together for the "mutual profit of both." Agreed that home building is big business, that design for this market is production design, discussions have centered on modified services that can be rendered by the architect in collaboration w T ith the home builder. Biggest bugaboo bases for determining fees was left for future discussion. AIA and NAHB members in all metropolitan areas will designate representatives to carry on this romance at the local level. to meet any specification j ] Nlllllilllllilllllil Raof THE LEVINSON STEEL CO. S. 20th and Wharton Streets, Pittsburgh, Pa. * * * John J. White, Jr., former editor of the MEMO, has resigned from the Octagon staff as Director of Public and Professional Relations to resume practice, barring a possible call from the Navy. Improved relations with Congress, the Federal Government and the Public at large are A. I. A. accomplishments for which Mr. White can take credit. Local Distributor To Hold Open House V. E. Hendrickson, local representa- live for the Edwin F. Guth Company,! Trade-Wind Motorfans, Hager Stoker : Feeders and other building products, reports that alterations to his new of-, fices and showroom, 4412 Liberty Avej nue, will be completed by Labor Day. i Plans are now afoot for a gala open ä house to celebrate the event, and dis- ' trict building professionals will be notig fied of the exact date by mail. CHARETTE -August, 1950

31 PRODUCTS PARADE li R. C O M P A N Y The widely used No. 36 Yale Nightlatch (see right) a popular hardware item for a quarter of a century, has been greatly modernized in appearance and redesigned in construction. A smooth surface brass finish replaces the former mottled finish. The new lock has a lever-type thumb turn in place of the former circular latch turn. Improvements in mechanism make it pos sible for the latch to be retracted and stay retracted with a simple flip of the lever. In the older model, this action required the use of two hands, one to hold the thumb-turn in place, and the other to move the button-slide. Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company. Available through local dealers. ALUMINUM BAR WINDOWS WOOD BAR WINDOWS COMBINATION WINDOWS See Our Catalogue In Sweet's A new fastening a formed steel nail secures insulation to wood backing. A speed clip made of formed sheet is driven like a nail to fasten insulation, asphalt shingles, roll roofing-, or plaster board to a wood surface. It has a broad flat head and a sharp tapered point with a barb on each side. Will hold material to a maximum of 1 in. in thickness overall. Tinnerman Products, Inc., 2036 Fulton Road, Cleveland 13, Ohio. Angle shape of a new steel lintel with lengthwise corrugations aids wall construction. Stock sizes in 6-in. multiples are available in this new product made of formed 9 and 11-gage steel. Finish is a prime coat of baked paint. Recommended installation is with a minimum bearing of 4 in. on each side of the opening dimension. Better Bilt Supply, Inc., 3614 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh 13, Pa. 915 McARDLE ROADWAY PITTSBURGH 3, PA. MOST OF THE PHOTO-MUMS YOU SEE IN PITTSBURGH WERE PRODUCED BY t &C I AlJ)rtdIbO &AFAE Established 42 Years Volume XXX JOHN J. MCKEE Publisher Tri-State Journal of Architecture & Building TALLY Number 8 Editor MCKEF Editorial and Business Office: 210 Standard Life Building, Pittsburgh 22, Pa. EXpress Published Monthly at Pittsburgh, Pa. for the Pittsburgh Architectural Club, Inc. {All contents copyrighted, 1950) BOARD OF EDITORIAL CONSULTANTS For the Pittsburgh Architectural Club For the American Institute of Architects JOHN A. GROVE, JR. Pittsburgh Chapter FRANK W. R IN GEL JOHN KNOX SHEAR JOHN N. FRANKLIN, A.I.A. LAWRENCE WOLFE, F.A.I.A. ANY SIZE PHOTO-MURAL MADE FROM ANY SIZE SUBJECT 9 Wood St. Pittsburgh 22, Pa. COurt If You Can See It... We Can Photograph It! CHARETTE August,

32 PRODUCTS PARADE ENGINEERS & FABRICATORS STEEL BARS, WIRE MESH AND ACCESSORIES FOR REINFORCING CONCRETE DISTRIBUTORS OF: STEELTEX Products Manufactured By PITTSBURGH STEEL CO. A new cabinet unit for heating and cooling has been designed especially for commercial and public buildings. Without ducts, the unit may be mounted on floor, wall or ceiling, recessed or entirely concealed. Convector-like in appearance, the cabinet is equipped with quiet blower fans which draw room air through an inlet grille pass it through a heating or cooling coil, then deliver it to the area served. For fresh air introduction in ventilating applications, a non-freeze steam coil and plenum base with built-in manually operated mixing damper can be supplied. Modine Manufacturing Company, Racine, Wisconsin. W. N. DAMBACH, INC. 500 BRUSHTON AVENUE PITTSBURGH 21, PA. CHurchill YEOMANS BROTHERS BILGE and SEWAGE PUMPS Yeomans Pumps Give Yeomans Service Yeomans Bilge and Sewage Pumps are the only answer to your drainage and sewage handling problems. These pumps are the highest priced in the market because they are of proven highest quality. CALL ATlanftc 1-378* FOR ENGINEERING SERVICE THE BUSHNELL MACHINERY COMPANY 324 FOURTH AVE. Atlantic 1-37M PITTSBURGH 22, PA. By figuring a job with Smooth Ceilings System of flat slab construction, cost savings are possible. Special steel grillages embedded in concrete slab at column heads eliminate flared columns, drop panels or beams and provide a smooth flat ceiling requiring a minimum of concrete form work while also allowing easy installation of ceiling hung equipment. Smooth unhindered surfaces permit substantial savings in finishing costs as well. Full descriptive bulletin from Smooth Ceilings System, 802 Metropolitan Life Building, Minneapolis 1, Minnesota. An elastic coating which can be sprayed on all unglazed masonry surfaces (cement and concrete block, brick, stucco, caststone, stone), is Treraco 101 Maatic. Available in dark red, slate, terra cotta, light yellow as well as natural cement and off white, the mastic can serve to improve the appearance of buildings while at the same time preventing spalling, cracking, crazing. Giving ten times the thickness of paint, the mastic can be brushed or trowelled also, but spraying is most economical. Effective also for copings, cornices, belt courses, sills, etc. Tremco Manufacturing Co., 8701 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, Ohio. New fastener is a lead screw anchor for use in glass, tile or masonry. To be pressed or tapped into a hole drilled in brittle material, the anchor is in one piece with partly split shank as supplied. It takes a screw, spreads and finally separates into two parts that shear in relation to each other to wedge in the hole as the screw is seated. Four sizes take No. 6 to No. 24 screws, provide anchor lengths from % to 1% inches. Hole size for application is % to 7/16 inch. List price is 5 to $10 per hundred. U. S. Expansion Bolt Co., 600 State St., York, Pa. CHARETTE -August, 1950

33 PRODUCTS PARADE A new twist to an old scaffold is provided in a Cam Lock which the patentees of Advance Scaffolds claim meets modern demands of safety, speed, low cost and convenience. All braces have self-contained locks that are simple to operate. Hold the cam lever in a horizontal position insert in panel socket and turn down. Employing- the principal of live construction, load transfer from frame to frame is accomplished through tension of the individual cam locked braces. Braces function over every angle to a complete 360 degrees, giving a firm, solid structure free from sway and rocking. Fully described in new Advance catalog. Beaver Art Metal Corp., Box 702, Ellwood City, Penna. D LIGHTING PROBLEM? Let us aid you in making certain that your clients benefit from the economies and conveniences of scientifically engineered lighting plus the added charm and beauty of finely made fixtures and lamps. The Frink Corporation has just issued a new, easy-to-read 16-page booklet entitled The Facts of Light or What Every Man Should Know Before He Gets Engaged (in Buying Illumination). Written and illustrated by Don Herold, favorite cartoonist of the National Association of Manufacturers, the booklet presents in simple, straightforward terms the problems involved in specifying or buying lighting equipment. With his talent for unstuffing a stuffy subject, Mr. Herold is partcularly straightforward in the chapter "Perils of an Unwise Light Affair." Write Frink Corp., Long Island City, N. Y. TRI-STATE DISTRIBUTORS and DEALERS for BUILDING MATERIALS and SERVICES Charette Welcomes News of Direct application of shingles to inch gypsum sheathing reduced sidewall costs in this New Jersey garden apartment project, according- to the builder, by the use of concealed type ES-nails. This view of an end-wall shows the deep shadow line of the double-coursed wood shingles. Self-clinching ES-nails can be nailed directly to sheathing, eliminating wood stripping. Designed for attaching wood, asbestos, or asphalt shingles to non-wood sheathing, Es-nails are manufactured by Elastic Stop Nut Corporation, 2330 Vauxhall Road, Union, N. J. New Products and Services Offered to the Architect, Builder, Contractor, Draftsman, Designer and Engineer. Koppers Bldg. Pittsburgh 19, Pa. ATlantic FOR QUICK BLUE PRINTS AND PHOTOSTATS CALL ATlantic Messenger Service EVERY PROCESS Tracing Reproductions Photo-Litho Prints Photostat Prints Negative Prints Black Line Prints Blue Line Prints TRI-STATE BLUE PRINTING & SUPPLIES CO. 03 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh 22, Pa. CHARETTE -August,

34 fat/ay'á & more efficient / o-meó... has lasting beauty The clear, rich color of tile in forced-in and will not fade or peel regardless of conditions.... cleans like a china dish Tile is easy to clean and keep clean. Just wipe with a damp cloth and it gleams. Nothing to rust nor peel.... is surprisingly economical Whether building or modernizing, you'll find installation cost of clay tile surprisingly low. The Modern Style is Genuine Clay Tile M. J. SPELLMAN CO. Tilework of Every Description 5883 Ellsworth Ave. Pittsburgh 32, Pa. Hlland THE HOWARD P. FOLEY COMPANY Electrical Construction Industrial and Commercial Power and Lighting 228 Isabella St. Pittsburgh 12, Pa. Allegheny BUILDERS HARDWARE FORT PITT HARDWARE CO. 807 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh 22, Pa. O, l MEISTER Alianti« YEARS 4(11) IK THE nitumn Architects entraining for a summer in Europe were advised to "take along a box of Mother Sills Sea-Sick Remedy which you can get in New York, for use in case you need it." "Certainly there is nothing in this vale of tears," said an editorial, "more abiding, more difficult to be rid of, or more blatantly conspicuous than an ugly public monument." * * * Nominated as the two worst buildings completed in the Pittsburgh district for the year were Roberts Jewelry Store and The Philadelphia Building. * * * The annual picnic at Olympic Park. Versailles, three miles above McKeesport on the Yough River, was a humdinger of an affair with Pringle, Krumpton and Hergenroeder "tryin' out their lungs" while Palmgreen lead the singin'." (Ah the days when life was a song, a song...) * * * A previously announced Charette Sketch Competition had to be abandoned, "deorganized and prize offers withdrawn" because interest was so scant and entrants so few. Mad as a wet hen, the editor lashed out at the profession as "sound asleep in peace, comfort, prosperity and contentment and not in need of stimulus of any kind unless possibly it might be liquid." * * * Miss Penelope Redd, a reporter on fine arts for the Pittsburgh Sunday Poxt, and generous in her comments on architecture apparently, married a Mr. Jones and the architects, while wishing her well in her new life, hoped she wouldn't stay home and stop writing especially about architecture. * * * A swell dinner was given by the Philadelphia Company honoring its company architect, J. F. Kuntz. Several of the A. I. A. boys attended and reported the perfect : on of the affair. "Time was when the Traction, Gas and Electric interests were regarded as evei yone's tyrant,'* said Charette, "Time- have changed." EdVero Company CONCRETE BLOCKS BUILDERS SUPPLIES Bridge St. Mlllvale ßintt ÌBS7 Millvale, Pa. Nationally known specialists in Mosaics and Terrazzo. xizïa ^rt (Mmmz (Eampang 2022 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh 19, Pa. G. Patrizio General Manager GRant FACE BRICK John Patrizio President Stiff Mud - Sand Mould Hand Made Special Shapes GLAZED TILE STONE Split Face Ashler - Flagging Rubble Representatives Bloomington Limestone Corp. GLONINGER & COMPANY 336 THIRD AVENUE PITTSBURGH 22, PA. COurt Ask for WES HAINES MILLER-MEYER ROOFING SHEET and METAL 2057 Chateau St. CEdar Pittsburgh 12, Pa. 34 CK ARETTE August, 1950

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