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Dollar Savings Bank

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1868–1871, Isaac Hobbs and Sons; 1906 wings. 348 4th Ave.
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  • Dollar Savings Bank (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Dollar Savings Bank (Richard W. Longstreth)

An endearing if hyperkinetic piece of Italianate froth by a major Philadelphia designer and architectural publisher, Dollar Savings Bank is an effective red sandstone facade superbly conserved. Although downtown Pittsburgh once had similar banks at every corner, today there is nothing like it in town. On what was formerly a restricted site, Isaac Hobbs set pairs of overscaled Corinthian columns to support a high entablature of dramatically projecting stone brackets. The result is a facade that is virtually all detail and almost no wall.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.



  • 1868

  • 1906


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Dollar Savings Bank", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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, 58-58.

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