Thomas Hannah

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West Hall in Pittsburgh was completed in 1912
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh, built in 1904

Thomas Hannah was an architect in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in the United States. He is credited with designing the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He also designed the Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. He also designed Midtown Towers, originally known as the Keenan Building and built in 1907.[1]It was built for Colonel Thomas J. Keenan owner and founder of the Penny Press that became Pittsburgh Press[2] The building may have been modeled after the Spreckel Building/ Call Building (1898) of San Francisco. It is decorated with visages of 10 notables associated with Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania, including then-mayor George Guthrie and then-governor Edwin Stuart, in addition to George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt.[1][3][4] The dome was once capped with the figure of an eagle in flight.[5]

Hannah may have begun his career working as part of Struthers & Hannah, a Pittsburgh architectural firm credited with the design of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library (Carnegie, Pennsylvania) (1901), a Carnegie library at 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Plans for a Presbyterian church at Hamilton and Lang avenues, alterations to the Commercial National Bank Building at 316 Fourth Ave, brick and terra cotta People's National Bank building[6] At the firm, Hannad is credited with the The First Congregational Church (1904) on Dithridge Street near Forbes, a sandstone-fronted gray brick building that eventually became the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. [7]

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Other projects[edit]

  • Horne's Department Store alterations and additions at Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifth Street in Pittsburgh (Struthers and Hannah) [14]
  • Residence at 254 Orchard Drive for A. G. Spurlock in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (Mount Lebanon Township, Mission Hills neighborhood)
  • Church for the U.P. Congregation at Baltimore Avenue in Beechview, Pennsylvania.
  • Ervine House for James S. Ervine at 360 Jefferson Drive in Mount Lebanon Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Garage for B. Evanier & Co. at Pacific Ave and Penn Ave in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA
  • Homewood Presbyterian Church at Bennett St and Zenith Way in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA (Homewood Neighborhood)
  • Office Building for Heppenstall Forge & Knife Co. on Butler St in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA
  • Residence for J.M. Shields on Howe St in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA
  • Residence & Garage for William Dressen on Jackson St in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA
  • United Presbyterian Mission Church for Olivet Mission of Shadyside U. P. Church at Ellis St and Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA
  • Y.M.C.A. recreation center at 127 Whitfield St in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA
  • Young House for James H. Young at 370 Jefferson Drive in Mount Lebanon Township, Allegheny County, PA
  • Store for T. J. Keenan (1907) on Liberty St. in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA
  • Hubbard Shovel Works factory (1907) completed plans for building in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County, PA
  • Hubbard & Co. factory (1907) awarded contracts for building on Butler St (near Sharpsburg Bridge) in Philadelphia, PA [15]

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