University of Pittsburgh
October 12, 2009

"Pittsburgh: A New Portrait" Subject of Oct. 21 Lecture by Pitt Professor, Author

"Wall Street Journal" calls "Pittsburgh: A New Portrait" "the great architectural guide that every great American city deserves-and few possess."
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Sharon Blake

412-624-4364

Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-Franklin Toker, Pitt professor of art history, will deliver an illustrated lecture on his new book, "Pittsburgh: A New Portrait" (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The presentation is free and open to the public.

As he does in his book, Toker will introduce the audience to some of Pittsburgh's most colorful communities and their individual types of architecture. It is these strong neighborhoods and their surprisingly rich architectural history that makes Pittsburgh so resilient and appealing, Toker says. From Victorian to Bauhaus, Gothic to Art Deco, and Industrial to Green, Pittsburgh's neighborhoods represent every type of architecture, according to Toker.

"Pittsburgh: A New Portrait" is receiving coverage in the regional and national press, as well as in "L'Espresso," a weekly Rome-based news magazine. The "Wall Street Journal" calls the book "the great architectural guide that every great American city deserves-and few possess."

Signed copies of "Pittsburgh: A New Portrait" will be available for sale at the presentation.

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