Preview: The Open

To protect their summer best against the mugginess, competitors and fans alike at South Park Municipal Golf Course for the United Golf Association’s 1946 Open Championship gravitate toward the umbrellas on the brick terrace of the clubhouse, where light showers (mechanically generated by sprinklers) and fleeting rainbows had refreshed early birds. Overhead on the building’s brick facade, bas-relief deities set a standard, as measured by the city fathers who authorized their design, for composure under an August sun in western Pennsylvania. The Ink Spots, appearing courtesy of a patron’s transistor radio, improve atmospheric conditions with The Gypsy and To Each His Own.

sources
Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive
The Ink Spots
The Pittsburgh Courier
South Park Golf Club House (1939), design: Henry Hornbostel

In Memory of Billy Eckstine (1914-1993)

Blueprint courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives