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Lemington Elementary School

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1937, Marion M. Steen and Edward Joseph Weber. 7060 Lemington Ave., Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar

This is the most successful of a number of Art Deco schools designed by Weber during Marion Steen's tenure as superintendent of buildings. Cincinnati-born architect Edward Joseph Weber (1877–1968), who trained in Boston and attended the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1903 to 1905, moved to Pittsburgh, where he designed many Roman Catholic buildings, most notably Central Catholic High School in 1926–1927 (4720 5th Avenue), for Link, Weber and Bowers. Weber also designed Pittsburgh's Art Deco Mifflin School (1932) at 1290 Mifflin Road for Link, Weber and Bowers, and later worked as an artistic designer for the Pittsburgh Board of Education. With Weber, Steen designed Schiller School in 1939 (1018 Peralta Street). The Lemington school's rather severe classical massing and factory brick is enlivened with vividly colored terracotta ornament representing the five human races. The three most successfully resolved Art Deco public buildings in Pittsburgh are the Lemington school, the New Granada

Theater ( AL120), and the old Allegheny County Airport ( AL60).

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Lemington Elementary School", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-AL103.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 112-112.

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