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Everyone mixes distinctions with the Edgewood Club. Franklin
Toker, a professor of art and architecture at the University of
Pittsburgh, describes the Edgewood Club in his book,
Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait, as “altogether one of the best
public buildings in the city.”
But the Club maintains its aura of privacy despite its public
posture. And much of that is due to the building itself. Mrs.
John A. Shoemaker, who wrote about the building for the May
7, 1916,
Pittsburgh Gazette Times
, captured it perfectly:
“Something about the low rambling two-story building with its
red-tiled, broad concaved roof sloping sharply down to the
white walls makes a subtle appeal to the imagination and sets
one to wondering what may be within.”
What lies within is nothing remarkable for such facilities. All of
it is attractive, but in a modest, understated way. Ostentation is
nonexistent. It’s the kind of building you’d feel comfortable
walking through in your bathing suit, which is what many
members do four months a year.
“A sense of appropriateness in each room,” was how Mrs.
Shoemaker described it and the description still fits.
Appropriate for public consumption, appropriate for private
appeal. Very much a part of its community.
Bill Modoono is a longtime Edgewood Club member and a
former writer for the Pittsburgh Press, Tribune-Review and
Pittsburgh Magazine.
The Edgewood Club circa 1916
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