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March 2015
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The Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr.
Aurand, Martin
The first comprehensive study of Scheibler, it includes 125 historic and contemporary photographs and drawings, all of Scheibler’s known projects—including many not recorded in any other published source—and a selected bibliography.

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Martin Aurand is architecture librarian and archivist at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr. (1872-1958) was the rare turn-of-the-century American architect who looked to progressive movements such as Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement for inspiration, rather than conventional styles. His fresh house designs and plans for apartment buildings and multifamily “group cottages” feature dramatic massing, rich detailing, and a wide variety of materials such as brick, stucco, wood, exposed steel, decorative tile, and ary glass. Scheibler envisioned each building as a work of art, integrating architecture and ornamentation. Prized today, Scheibler’s best works are scattered through Pittsburgh’s East End and easter suburbs. This richly illustrated volume, the first comprehensive study of Scheibler, includes 125 historic and contemporary photographs and drawings, a catalouge raisonne of all of Scheibler’s known projects - including many not recorded in any other published source - a list of books in Scheibler’s library, and a selected bibliography. Martin Aurand discusses Scheibler’s life and career, the influences on his architectural concepts, his artistic sensibility and tastes, and his lasting significance. The Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr., will be read by architects and aficionados who cultivate an interest in Scheibler’s imaginative constructions and innovative ideas and by all who are interested in the progressive architecture of the early twentieth century.

“This slim and easy-to-read volume carefully traces Scheibler’s architectural development from his early work using traditional revival styles, through his peak of creativity drawing heavily from the Progressive movement, to his final commissions when he returned to a more familiar approach to design. An informative and enjoyable piece of scholarship.” —Pennsylvania History

“Two of the author’s stated aims are the documentary preservation of Scheibler’s career history and the actual preservation of his buildings. Aurand has succeeded quite well at the first of these goals: his book offers a well-argued case for Scheibler’s ‘progressivism’ (a term Aurand uses in connection with a range of early modern movements, including the Secession and Art Nouveau). The architectural analysis is well supported by both archival research and a wide range of illustrations.” —Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

“A valuable contribution to the culture of this region, both for those who have been waiting for such a study as well as those meeting Scheibler for the first time.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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