The Hungry Wanderers

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Pittsburgh’s Architecture.

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on November 2, 2009

One of the things I noticed the first time I went to Pittsburgh, was how beautiful the architecture was.  I imagined Pittsburgh as having a very dingy, dirty feel.  I figured that after years of smelting iron into steel, a fine, thorough film of filth would overlay everything in the city, and this would only be punctuated by typical big-city street trash.  Not so!

I was pleasantly surprised to find a city that was remarkably clean.  Not only was the fine layer of filth non-existent on all but a few buildings, but the city was generally devoid of trash and other filth.  Not only that, but the city’s architecture was a very pleasant surprise.

In any “old” city (old by American standards), I expect great architecture in the churches.  I only got a couple churches, here, but they both qualify.


Look at how CLEAN the CHURCH is.  Bright and pristine!





Beyond the churches, though, there’s a lot of stone in the city, of which I am a big fan.  Municipal buildings, homes, and office buildings have stone architecture, with spires and towers, all over the city.  This is a municipal building.




Here is a house on the North side of the city.


Here is a small house beside the second church (above) that is accented with stone.  It also has a gorgeous view of the city.


Beyond the “old school” and almost gothic look of several of the buildings, the city revels in its new architecture, too.  Here is a glass building with battlement-like parapets on the top.


And another building celebrates the steel heritage of the city, being made of HUGE steel girders.

It all goes beyond the structures, though.  Buildings throughout the city are trimmed with arches and magnificent attention to detail.  I tried to capture a couple of them in these pictures.



Even this building, which is attached to a parking garage, and I believe is associated with bail bonds, is remarkably-trimmed. It’s hard to see, but it’s fastidiously decorated on the awning and between each floor.


Also, you can really see how clean the STREET is in this picture!  It’s just amazing.

After realizing that great architecture was a part of the city, I did a little looking.  Indeed, I am not alone.  Evidently others realized the architecture is spectacular.  Frank Lloyd Wright even has multiple buildings in the greater Pittsburgh area.

So hats off to the good people of Pittsburgh that take great pride in their city.  If you have a chance to get to Pittsburgh, go see the downtown.  If it’s warm, walk around and take it all in.  If the weather is freezing, and you have access to a car, just drive around, and admire the buildings.  You won’t be disappointed!


3 Responses to “Pittsburgh’s Architecture.”

  1. sartenada said

    That Red “brick?” church is very beautiful. I like those two photos from it.

  2. John in Boulder said

    Thank you for your beautiful pictures and your enthusiasm for my hometown!

    The next time you go to Pittsburgh, please visit the Oakland neighborhood. This is one of the most spectacular urban areas anywhere. You will have a wonderful time. I promise!

    Thanks again for your website!

    • We actually stayed in Oakland, and you’re right, it’s a fabulous neighborhood. While walking around, I was trying to find someplace to eat that looked unique, and came across this “Primanti Brothers” place. I had a great and unique meal! It wasn’t until I got back and talked to some friends from Pittsburgh (Charlotte has a huge amount of Pittsburgh transplants. I attribute it mostly to the U.S. Airway Exodus from Pittsburgh to Charlotte in 2004.) that I realized that I had stumbled into a local tradition!

      You can check out the Primanti Brothers post here.

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