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In Its Last Days, a House Turns to Gold

A Pittsburgh-area artist commemorates the derelict house next door, starting with a coat of paint.
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Dee Briggs Studio

"This house is not special, nor were the people who lived here," says Dee Briggs, the Pittsburgh-based artist behind the House of Gold project. "They were no more special than you or me. This just happened to be the history of the house next door to where I live."

Briggs, a sculptor and architect, was born in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh, and raised in the panhandle of West Virginia. At the age of 18 she moved to New York to pursue architecture, living in the city for nearly three decades before returning home to Pittsburgh in 2003. Her sculptures and installations, many of which utilize traditional building materials like steel, aluminum, wood, and concrete, have been exhibited at the Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, and UnSmoke Artspace in Pittsburgh, as well as in Chicago and New York.