- Chancellor's Residence (University of Pittsburgh)
(Harvey Childs house)
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark Location: 718 Devonshire Street, Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Coordinates: Built/Founded: 1896 Architect: Peabody & Stearns Architectural style(s): Colonial Revival Governing body/Owner: University of Pittsburgh PHLF designated: 1973
The Chancellor's Residence at the University of Pittsburgh is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark in Shadyside just east of the main Oakland campus approximately one half mile from the center of campus at the Cathedral of Learning and adjacent to the rear property of the University Child Development Center on the Oakland-Shadyside border in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The residence is the former Harvey Childs house built by Peabody & Stearns in 1896. It is an example of Colonial Revival, with the gambrel roof especially suggestive of New England Colonial. However, the home also incorporates some details reminiscent of Philadelphia's Georgian-style Mount Pleasant mansion. The structure overcomes what was at the time an architectural problem of including a porch that Pittsburghers wanted, but preventing the porch from obscuring the facade toward the street. The design of this house worked around this problem by placing the porch to the side of the house, balanced by a porte-cochere. A renovation designed by Landmark Design Associates later enclosed the porch at Chancellor's Residence.
Harvey Childs appears to have been one of the three Pittsburgh citizens that played a role in the origins of the Allegheny Observatory and thus the early years of University's Department of Astronomy and Physics.
- ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009, Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, 2010, p. 6, http://www.phlf.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/Historic-Plaques-2010b.pdf, retrieved 2010-06-25
- ^ "Internet Archive: Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation: PHLF Plaques & Registries". 2007-01-27. Archived from the original on 2007-01-27. http://web.archive.org/web/20070127092030/http://www.phlf.org/plaques/locallist.html. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
- ^ Internet Archive: Walter C. Kidney, Dressed for the Occasion: Eclectic Architecture in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Feb. 10, 2005; accessdate = 2008-7-25
- ^ Landmark Design Associates: Small Scale Projects, accessdate=2009-03-30
- ^ George Thornton Fleming, History of Pittsburgh and Environs, from Prehistoric Days to the Beginning, American Historical Society, New York, 1922, accessdate=2008-07-25
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