concrete typography

Originally posted on June 17, 2014


1Today’s pairing are two examples of concrete type that is set above an entryway. These buildings were built 2 years apart from each other (The Frick Building in Pittsburgh was built in 1902 and the Vermont Building in Boston was built in 1904). What first caught my eye in the picture from Pittsburgh, in addition to the concrete fruit (?) and the lion heads (?!) was that ampersand. I love the way it is nestled between the two words. I’m also curious about the “Co”. Did they run out of room and this was their creative solution to solve the lack of spacing? Or was impregnated C a plan all along? Either way, it’s beautiful. Here are some interesting facts about The Frick Building (via Wikipedia):

  • The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The tower was built directly adjacent to a building owned by his business…

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