Over the summer I noticed the Giovannitti house was posted on a realtor site for sale. A while back I was invited for a tour but due to crazy schedules, I missed my chance. This is always a regret of mine but next best thing is seeing beautiful photos online.
Photos by Allison Pochapin
Architect Richard Meier started construction on this gem in 1979 and finished it in 1983. Meier is known for creating most of his work in white and I think it works for his projects. When you look over his portfolio, it makes an interesting statement.
This house isn’t for everyone but I see it as a piece art. There’s no other place like this in Pittsburgh! Made up of concrete, glass panes, glass blocks and timber, the Giovannitt’s have kept it up nicely. I can’t imagine how to keep the white clean on the outside, especially during our winters.
The design of the exterior looks like a sculpture to me.
I posted a couple photos of this house in 2012 and since then, I get emails and comments at a rate that I didn’t expect. Please note, I do not know the status of the place. They might have sold it or decided to stay. I also have NO personal contact with the owners. I’m posting this because I admire this house and I think it’s a work of art.
When Quelcy and I agreed to meet, the plan was to catch up and chat over coffee. I just moved back to the area after a few months in Cleveland and there was a lot to talk about. After our cups were empty, we took a stroll around the North Side. Quelcy studied architecture so I can always count on her to point out interesting details that I might miss.
When I come to this neighborhood, it feels like I am in another city. It’s charming with interesting brick houses and colorful doors. We took our time while walking around and taking it all in. Here are some of the doors that caught my eye.
Not colorful, but I LOVE the type
I was recently invited to the James Gallery located in the West End. It’s been around for quite some time. The building has gone through different phases over the years but in the beginning it was initially a stable, used to hold the horses for the funeral parlor that was once across the street and for the other businesses in the West End. I thought that was really interesting historic tidbit. Even though the gallery itself has been around for some time, I had never visited until now! Take a look:
I came across these prints this morning on Etsy. I love that site because when you type the word “Pittsburgh” you get all sorts of items that pop up. I saw these particular sketches of Bloomfield and they jumped out at me. I feel like they capture some of the grittiness that exists in Bloomfield.