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Frank A. Giovannitti House

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1979–1983, Richard Meier. 118 Woodland Rd., Squirrel Hill

The variety of architectural experiences a pedestrian might get from an inspection of Woodland Road is nowhere more pronounced than in the two postmodern residences standing at numbers 118 and 118-A ( AL113). Richard Meier's Giovannitti House stands directly next to the roadway, with the Abrams House right behind. Meier's much-acclaimed design is, at first glance, a barely concealed reshuffling of his Smith House at Darien, Connecticut, of a dozen years before. Though keeping the Smith House's language of intersecting planes, solids, and voids, the Giovannitti three-story, neo-Corbusian white cube takes on extraordinary vividness as it tucks itself into the hillside. This affords privacy and a garden setting to the residents within the house, and a reconsideration of the relationship between man and nature to the streetside viewer.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Frank A. Giovannitti House", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-AL112.

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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, 116-117.

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