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Tribune-Review Building

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1958–1962, Louis Kahn. 622 Cabin Hill Dr.

What initially appears to be a square, unadorned, concrete block building comes to life with Kahn's square keyhole windows that create a continuous rhythm across the north facade. Windows abutting the cornice line allow light to penetrate the interior, while their narrow proportions reduce glare for the adjacent desks. Louis Kahn (1901–1974) addressed a difficult program dictated by the multiple needs of a newspaper within a single story and basement. The newspaper required warehouse space, an industrial printing plant whose vibrations needed exceptional structural support, and space for journalists to write and research. The prestressed concrete beams of the roof are supported on concrete block piers, creating a busier rhythm on the side elevations. The dark glassed openings contrast with the nearly square, rough-faced concrete blocks to give depth and drama to the symmetrical exterior, which has been altered by the addition of loading bays on the facade and a large addition to the south.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Tribune-Review Building", [Greensburg, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-WE5.

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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, 214-215.

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