On August 16th, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), an organization dedicated to saving buildings with historical significance in the Pittsburgh region, will pay tribute to the legendary architect I.M. Pei with a film screening at their Landmarks Preservation Resource Center (LPRC).
With a career spanning more than five decades, the prolific Chinese-American architect has became known for designing some of the world’s most recognized buildings. In the documentary First Person Singular: I.M. Pei, he leads viewers through the Louvre, the National Gallery of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Bank of China, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Miho Museum and other examples of his work. Pei also discusses his innermost philosophy and principles, as well as his work with notable clients Jacqueline Kennedy, William Zeckendorf, Francois Mitterand and Paul Mellon.
In Pittsburgh, he was commissioned by a New York developer to build three buildings that would comprise the Washington Plaza in the lower Hill. However, only one element of the three-building plaza was constructed.
First Person Singular: I.M. Pei will screen at 6 p.m. in the LPRC at 744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221. The event is free for PHLF members, $5 for non-members. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 412-471-5808 ext. 527.