Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Imagining Home

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What is a home? There's the obvious answer of a place of residence or--at an even more elementary level--a structure that provides shelter. But "home" carries a bigger meaning than just the building in which we rest our heads; "home" is a retreat, refuge, or personal santuary. A new exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Imagining Home: Selections for the Heinz Architectural Center, showcases more than 125 drawings, models, books, and items from the museum's archives that tell the tales of how "home" as been envisioned over the past two centuries. Here, in our slideshow, we highlight a selection of items on display at the museum through May 30, 2010.

House for "Woman's Home Companion" (1948, mixed media), by architect A. James Speyer and model maker Theodore Conrad.
House for "Woman's Home Companion" (1948, mixed media), by architect A. James Speyer and model maker Theodore Conrad.
East Indian Dwelling, left; African Beehive House, center; and Western Asiatic House, right, (c. 1930, painted plaster...
Apartment House (c. 1890, watercolor and pencil on card), by architect Henry J. Hardenbergh and delineator Hughson...
Manufactured Sites (2008, Fome-Cor, basswood, rubber hose, styrene, plastic, plaster cloth, corrugated plastic, sheet...
Lucy's House, Mason's Bend, Alabama (2001, ink, colored pencil, pastel, and watercolor on paper), by Samuel Mockbee.
1032501, Tue Aug 25, 2009, 4:13:09 PM, 16C, 5936x7744, (0+152), 100%, Repro 2.2 v2, 1/40 s, R56.1, G46.7,...
Richter's Anchor Blocks (c. 1900, composition stone in wooden box with pamphlet), by R. Ad. Richter & Co. On view...
Picture Gallery in the Home of P.A.B.
House (1879, ink and watercolor on paper), by A. Charrie.
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