Design

Design

Prospect School was designed by the prominent depression-era Pittsburgh firm, James T. Steen & Sons, in the Art Deco style. During the 1920s and 1930s it was the design of choice for many public buildings and skyscrapers throughout America. This design movement gained steam in the 1920s and was based on European architecture of the post-WWI era. It is characterized by a machined, clean industrial look, which was a stylistic response to the industrial, grime-covered buildings of the late 19th - early 20th centuries. Metallic ornamentation and bas relief carvings were used as decorative elements. Art Deco symbolized the birth of a modern era.