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Last-Minute Gifts: “Remembering the Igloo”



A compact new book of color photos documenting the Civic Arena during its last days (including its picturesque demolition) might make a good grab for the Pens fan, concert-goer or modernist-architecture afficionado on your list.

Photo by David Aschkenas
  • Photo by David Aschkenas

At 117 pages, this small-format paperback boasts about as many photos by internationally exhibited Pittsburgh-based shooter David Aschkenas. The Arena: Remembering the Igloo text, including some 30 Igloo anecdotes solicited from Pittsburghers, was written and edited by regular CP contributor Abby Mendelson.

Mendelson’s introduction reminds us of the Igloo’s history, including its stint in the’70s, especially, as one of the country’s top indoor concert venues.

The photos themselves range from striking demolition images like the one accompanying this post to someohow poignant shots from inside the intact but depopulated arena, like one of a toaster and empty dry cereal bins on a counter in the Pens’ locker room.

The book is available online and at brick-and-mortar venues including the Heinz History Center, The Team Gear Penguins Store at Consol Energy Center, and Hobbytown USA, in Robinson.

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