Photographer: Alan Byrne
Date: September 29, 2007
Place: Craig Street, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Why this sign?
Alan gives no comment. Or I might have forgotten it. It's probably that. I've not known many times when Alan didn't have something to say.
The Top Notch facade was designed by Pittsburgh architect Arthur Lubetz.
A pencil, a big symbolic thing, a strip sensibility moving into Main Street, piercing its facade, questioning the structure of the storefront itself, of all storefronts. If you look at the eraser from the proper angle you can imagine the classical-looking pediment (or whatever you call that triangular shape above the window) being erased. The architect's pencil draws and erases.
I'm sure some people grumbled when the facade was first installed. But now it's part of Craig Street, just like the store inside.
Posted by Mark at March 8, 2008 11:22 AM
Actually, I'm not sure if Arthur Lubetz, or one of his associates, designed this.
Posted by: Registered User at March 10, 2008 2:09 PM