Editors’ Note on Updating Content (Summer 2020)

The built environment is in constant flux, whether from demolition and new construction, renovations and additions, or changing function and use. Social protest and cultural progress can also transform the built environment, as we have witnessed this summer in efforts to remove monuments to the Confederacy from public spaces. (See “SAH Statement on The Removal of Monuments to the Confederacy from Public Spaces.”)

As a digital publication, SAH Archipedia strives to ensure that its content is up to date and that published texts accurately reflect physical conditions on the ground. To that end, our editors and authors are reviewing individual entries and essays to identify those that need to be updated.

While this work is ongoing and continuous, we want our readers to know that we are prioritizing updates to entries and essays (and illustrations and metadata) dealing with monuments to the Confederacy and memorials that otherwise symbolize oppression to indicate (1) the removal of statues and other forms of dismantling or transformation, (2) the renaming or retitling of buildings, parks, plazas, bridges, streets, and highways, (3) necessary contextualizing and interpretations in light of new historical research and scholarship.

As always, SAH Archipedia’s editors will work with authors and peer reviewers to maintain the highest standards of a scholarly publication.




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LANGSTON TERRACE

Langston Terrace represents a pioneering architectural effort by and for Washington's Black community during the depression. It was the first government-funded public project in Washington and the second in the nation. Named for the United States representative from Virginia, John Mercer Langston (1829–1897), the 274-unit complex was designed by Washington's outstanding African American architect Hilyard Robert Robinson (1899–1986) as the city's first low-rent housing erected for Black residents under the Public Works Administration. Langston was briefly the acting president of nearby Howard University, its only Black president before 1926, and later dean of the law school. Construction was ...more

GREATER GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH

This compact rectangular building was built for an orthodox Jewish congregation. The building’s imposing form and stocky massing is embellished by low copper-domed towers, a patterned-brick facade, and a triple-arched porch. Towers pressing against the main body of the building and a large window to enhance the facade and light the women’s gallery are common in early-twentieth-century synagogues of Germany and western Poland. So is the idea of including the Star of David in the tracery of the art glass window to identify the building as Jewish. Inside, the main sanctuary rises more than two stories to a large, circular, amber glass skylight. Seating on three sides of a square connects worshippers visually, creating a sense of community. more

ABRAAM STEINBERG HOUSE

This house for physician Abraam Steinberg is one of several Pittsburgh homes built from the 1940s through the 1960s by two designers who met and trained at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Fellowship. Peter Berndtson designed most of them, and his wife and partner, Cornelia Brierly, collaborated on several and designed others on her own. Certainly the close fit of a house and its surroundings is a textbook definition of organic architecture. The brick, redwood, glass, and concrete house stands on the edge of a long, narrow and steeply sloped lot. Two exterior walls of the house form a right angle to conform to the street grid, the rounded rear wall echoes an inner circular garden that is open to the sky. This garden, ... more

GODDARD COVERED BRIDGE

Of the estimated 700 covered bridges that once stood in Kentucky, only thirteen survive and three of these are in Fleming County. The Goddard White Covered Bridge is the only bridge of the Ithiel Town lattice through-truss type in the state. The bridge is made up of dark square lumber; the massive lower and upper cords run the length of the bridge and are sistered to the smaller dimension diagonals or lattice through truss using wooden pegs known as trunnels. The camber, or rise, built into the 63-foot-long structure is very slight. A new roof, siding, floor beams, and stringers were installed in 2004–2006. more

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