Franklin Toker...



Franklin Toker is a dedicated nonspecialist and popular teacher and lecturer. A broadly based scholar who was the first non-Italian called to teach the history of art at the University of Florence, Toker has researched the Gothic Revival, the ancient cathedral of Florence (whose excavation he directed), and the architecture and urban history of Pittsburgh.

A past president of the international Society of Architectural Historians, Franklin Toker is a Professor of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches urban history and the history of Medieval and American architecture. Apart from his books, Dr. Toker has published several dozen scholarly articles on topics from Roman archaeology, Gothic architectural drawings, and Renaissance architectural theory, to the work of H.H. Richardson, Post-Modern architecture, and American urban history. In 1971 his first book, The Church of Notre-Dame in MontrŽal, won the Hitchcock Award as the most distinguished new book on the history of architecture. Later published in a French edition, it was reissued in a second English edition by McGill-Queen's University Press.

In 1980 the College Art Association awarded Toker's Art Bulletin article on "Florence Cathedral: The Design Stage" the Porter Prize for the best essay on any branch of art. Dr. Toker subsequently held appointments as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of Villa I Tatti in Florence, and a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Born in MontrŽal in 1944 to a family that has lived for seven generations in French Canada, Franklin Toker obtained degrees in Fine Arts from McGill University, Oberlin College, and Harvard University. His current work is The Florence Duomo Project, a four-volume archaeological history of Medieval Florence and its cathedral that incorporates results of his archaeological excavations below the cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore in Florence. On his American side, Toker's Pittsburgh: A New Portrait has received considerable national attention as the definitive presentation of one of the world's most notable cities.

Outside of his academic work, Prof. Toker is active in civic improvements in Pittsburgh and in architectural and urban preservation. He frequently lectures on architectural and urban topics to national and international audiences, which have included India, China, and Japan.


Books By Franklin Toker

Archaeological Campaigns Below the Florence Duomo and Baptistery, 1895-1980
(The Florence Duomo Project, 2)

London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2012
Hardcover, 536 p.; 591 b/w and 54 color illustrations
Available: ISBN 978190537552


On Holy Ground: Liturgy, Architecture and Urbanism in the Cathedral and the Streets of Medieval Florence
(The Florence Duomo Project, 1)

London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2009
Hardcover; fully illustrated with drawings and photographs; $181
Available: ISBN: 9781905375516


Pittsburgh: A New Portrait

Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009
512 pages; 320 full-color photographs, 20 color maps; $34.95
Available: ISBN: 9780822943716


Buildings of Pennsylvania:
Pittsburgh and Western PennsylvaniaĘ
(with Lu Donnelly and H. David Brumble)

Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009
Available: ISBN: 9780813928234


Buildings of Pittsburgh

Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007
ISBN: 978-0813926506


Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House

New York: Knopf/Random House, 2003
New York Times notable books of 2003
Hardcover available: ISBN: 9781400040261


(Liu shui bie shu zhuan )

Beijing: Quin-hua University Press, 2009
Chinese edition of Fallingwater Rising available: ISBN: 9787302184850 7302184852


Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait

University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1986
Winner, Award of Merit, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
First hardcover edition and second paperback edition (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991) out of print

"Perhaps we historians ought to pass a regulation that henceforth none among us. . .is allowed into the city without having read Toker's portrait."
-- Pennsylvania History


Santa Reparata : l'antica cattedrale fiorentina, i risultati dello scavo condotto dal 1965 al 1974
(With Guido Morozzi and John Herrmann)

Florence: Bonechi, 1974
First edition, out of print


The Church of Notre-Dame in Montreal:
An Architectural History

Montreal and London; McGill-Queen's University Press, 1970
Winner, Hitchcock Award of the Society of Architectural Historians as the most distinguished book in architectural history of 1970
First edition, out of print.


The Church of Notre Dame in Montreal:
An Architectural History

Montreal and Buffalo: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1991
Second edition available; ISBN: 0773508481 9780773508484


L'Žglise Notre-Dame de MontrŽal:
son architecture, son passŽ

Montreal: Hurtubise HMH, 1981
French edition available: ISBN: 2890454711 9782890454712