The Kaufmanns of Squirrel Hill

January 11, 2005
Speaker: Franklin Toker

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Franklin Toker is a Professor of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches urban history and the history of Medieval and American architecture.

Dr. Toker is a dedicated nonspecialist and popular teacher and lecturer. A broadly based scholar who was the first non-Italian called to teach the history of art at the University of Florence, Toker has researched the Gothic Revival, the ancient cathedral of Florence (whose excavation he directed over more than a decade), and the architecture and urban history of Pittsburgh.

Toker’s Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait is now in its third printing. It received an Award of Merit from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, and is currently published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Fallingwater Rising, by Toker, is the biography of the most famous American house of the twentieth century—Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, culled from hundreds of interviews, letters, and contemporary references by an internationally recognized specialist in the history of architecture.

See the Franklin Toker website for more details.

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