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History of CF / CFA / CFB | Celli-Flynn Brennan
The original partners were; Mario C. Celli, FAIA, Raymond C. Celli, AIA and William V. Flynn, AIA.
Flynn called fellow Carnegie Tech graduate Mario Celli and Mario said "I'll come if my brother Raymond will come"; thus the three formed Celli-Flynn Architects and Engineers known as CF. Mario Celli brought large paper mill projects and employee facilities at a number of industrial sites throughout the South. The Celli-Flynn firm took off quickly with Bill Flynn in charge of marketing, Mario in charge of design and Raymond in charge of specs and construction administration. At CFA many successful Pittsburgh architects passed thru the training and mentorship of Mario at Celli-Flynn as Mario had with Pittsburgh Architect Benno Janssen. Mario and John, often with the involvement of George Nakashima, created a number of stunning buildings and landscapes and woodwork throughout Western Pennsylvania including high schools, elementary schools, churches, convents and similar projects. Mario designed his own home to include a unique blend of Japanese and Italian philosophy. Public Roles As the firm grew in stature, especially in the school building field, Mario became President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and President of the Pennsylvania Society of Architects. In that role, Mario came to know as a friend Governor Lawrence and others who were overseeing the growth of Pennsylvania. Governor Lawrence appointed Mario to the State Board of Education. In 1962, that board created the "Area" school districts that are prevalent throughout Pennsylvania today. Over 2,000 school districts existed in 1962 and the reorganization created by that State Board of Education brought that number down to 502 school districts. In 1964 the firm was chosen as architects to design and to build the David Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, a world destination of design to explore for engineers and architects. Mario Cherubini Celli, FAIA, was granted the Honoris Causa Doctorate degree honoring his achievements in Architecture as recognized both Nationally and Internationally in the field of Education. Mario C. Celli, FAIA was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a Fellow of the AIA in 1966. At the same time he was appointed to represent the USA on the Schools Commission of the International Union of Architects. In that capacity he travelled the world exploring educational buildings design with architects from many countries. He secured a Ford Foundation grant to host the international conference in the late 60's in California to investigate the 'open plan' schools that were new then. Mario suggested that education did not begin and end with the drafting table. Japanese paper makers were so entranced with this simple idea that they traveled to McKeesport and to various sites in the south with Mario to look over this new invention.
1960 Mario C. Celli, AIA
1961 Willard S. Hahn, AIA
Blessed Sacrament Cathedral | Celli-Flynn Brennan
Mario C. Celli, FAIA, the founder of CFB, completed a renovation of the cathedral in 1971.
During that renovation, the altar was moved from the apse to the transept crossing and the original baldacchino was dismantled with the permission of the donor.
The firm has a long history with the Cathedral, Mario C. Celli, FAIA, founder of CFB led the 1971 renovation that â€œmodernizedâ€ the church following Vatican II.
Twenty years later, in 1971, Mario Celli, FAIA, founder of CFB, led a renovation that "modernized" the church following Vatican II.