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Butler Eagle Building

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1924, Edward B. Lee. 114 W. Diamond St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This handsome limestone, ornamented Art Deco building opposite the courthouse provides space for the newspaper's newsroom and business offices. Architect Edward B. Lee (1876–1956) trained at Harvard and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and worked in the architectural firms of McKim, Mead and White; Cram, Wentworth and Goodhue; and Alden and Harlow in Pittsburgh. From 1910, Lee was the resident architect in charge of the Pittsburgh projects of Palmer, Hornbostel and Jones. This commission, though, is credited to Lee alone. The dark brick, two-story building's three-bay facade is outlined with a limestone decorative frieze in a Greek key motif punctuated by rosettes and plaques, and crowned by a spread-winged eagle with the paper's name flanking it. The effect is a blend of stylized classical elements stripped to their essential components.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Butler Eagle Building", [Butler, 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, 175-175.

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