Spring 2022|volume 15|Issue 3

    From the Publisher

    Chuck Shane, Publisher

    Spring. Who doesn’t like the word, the season—especially Pittsburghers? The snow, the slush, the cold winds, and the low temperatures are gone, at least for a while.
    This issue welcomes spring with articles featuring AIA-honored building designs; a repurposed architectural landmark; and a pictorial survey of some interesting Pittsburgh-history events.

    We go beyond the Strip, but not too far, to the Imani School in the East End as it lives its second life, again as a school building. Designed by internationally known Pittsburgh architect Tasso Katselas, the school is providing a unique setting for its students but, as you will learn, it needs a helping hand right now to continue on its mission.

    Also featured are design projects recently honored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA): two buildings, Pusadee’s Garden, the popular restaurant in Lawrenceville designed by mossArchitects, and a project at the former Ohringer department store in Braddock by the Strip-based architectural firm Rothschild Doyno.
    For a fascinating dose of Pittsburgh history and photographs, William McCloskey—whose prose has graced our pages many times—shares some of the discoveries that motivated his creation of a daily Facebook page that has become very popular.

    Plus, there’s a lot to learn about and enjoy in our usual departments, from finances and real estate to art and the profiles of our “Meet” section.


    “Life is like a taxi—the meter keeps running whether you’re getting somewhere or standing still.”