Innovative house in the Southside slopes - Greensource Magazine #Pittsburgh

In the 19th century, Pittsburgh ate, slept, and breathed steel. Instead of taking up residence in near suburbs like Braddock or Homestead, production foremen simply improvised homes on the tops of their factories. The facilities themselves may have belched toxicity, but today we would say that the steely supervisors minimized emissions along with their commutes. Slide Show Photo © Eric Roth ----- Advertising ----- The historical precedent inspired the owners of Emerald Art Glass—a cavernous glassworks studio located in Pittsburgh’s Southside Slopes neighborhood—to trade suburban digs for a contemporary version of a rooftop home. It promised more time for the craft to which they’re fervently devoted, and more life spent within a smaller radius. Local architect Eric Fisher found that building code did not permit the artisans to “grow” a home directly through their factory’s ...

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