Monday we had a tour of modern houses in the suburbs of Pittsburg. These were not FLW houses but coevals.
The Abrams house by Venturi 1979 who was one of FLW's students. Bedrooms at the ends and the living quarters in the middle. And an enormous Lichtenstein dominating the living quarters.
Next door was this house by Meier 1983. We were only supposed to see the outside but the owner spotted us and appeared to inquire and invited us in! His wife was startled when 24 people invaded her sitting room. A wonderful house on three floors. This is the one I would live in. Light and airy inside and it has been internally decorated in black and white down to an all-black cat.
Inside the house. Joke for Rosie Price. The owner was heard to say 'dear, where have I put the Kandinsky?
Michael would have loved this house.
Then we visited the Apt house which is by Speyer 1953. A one storey enormous house with a huge living room and bedrooms at one end, kitchen etc At the other. Very cluttered. FLW would have had a fit. However some marvellous fabrics.
The seat of a 1930s chair
A fine rug. I don't seem to have taken any photos of the outside but it was really just a flat roof that you could see. We then viewed the outside of a house by Gropius and Brewer 1940 which was even larger and looked like a factory.
Then to the Pittsburg Art Gallery. This is one of these places where there are dinosaurs, native Indians and Monets. I decided that if I was going to survive, I had to be selective and started with the Decorative Arts which was definitely worth it just for
This display of chairs. It includes two French Art Nouveau chairs of the 1850s. There was a lot of very fine18th c American bureaus and chests and some good porcelain
I did look at the Contemporary American Art on the grounds that I would not see that at home. An Edward Hopper or two and a couple of paintings by Jim Simboli who is unknown to me but went in for steelworks and steelworkers.
Later on in the day we went up the Duquesne Incline which a rack railway and had wonderful views on Pittsburg and the Ohio River.
We saw more but these were the highlights.