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Longue Vue Club

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1921–1923, Janssen and Cocken, Albert D. Taylor, landscape architect. 400 Longue Vue Dr., Penn Hills
  • Longue Vue Club (Tod Pierce, Longue View Country Club)

This complex perfectly evokes the architecture and expansive spirit of the 1920s. On an inspiring site high above a wide bend in the Allegheny River, Benno Janssen created a miniature English-style Cotswold village of exquisite plan, profile, and materials for this golf club. The clubhouse rests between two hills, and its second story is carried via bridges, which allows automobiles to pass under the structure as it frames glimpses of the Allegheny River valley beyond. Though this picturesque device is certainly not restricted to Pittsburgh buildings, it had specific Pittsburgh precedents in H. H. Richardson's courthouse ( AL1; the two arched entrances there were filled in around 1924) and in Henry Hornbostel's Carnegie Mellon campus ( AL43). The bridges at Longue Vue allowed Janssen to skew the axes of his building and to compartmentalize its functions. They also work well with the timelessness expressed by the club's hand-hewn sandstone walls and high-pitched slate roofs. The golf course was designed by Scottish golf course architect Robert White.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Longue Vue Club", [Verona, 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, 102-102.

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