Have you ever looked at the buildings in Pittsburgh’s downtown and wondered what they look like on the inside? Your opportunity to find out is just around the corner! On October 7 & 8, take a trip to downtown for Doors Open Pittsburgh, a special two-day event that lets you tour some of the most iconic buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District, and the Northside. Explore the Boggs Mansion, the Omni William Penn Hotel, the Oliver Building, St. Stanislaus Kostka, and over 60 more! You must have a general event ticket to enter the buildings, and tickets can only be purchased online. For more information, a full list of participating buildings, and ticket sales, click here.
What if you can’t make it to Doors Open Pittsburgh? Everyone knows that the library is the place to go to learn more about history, both local and worldwide. Naturally, we have plenty of information about Pittsburgh and its iconic structures. Whether you’re just beginning to learn the history of Pittsburgh’s buildings or want to learn more, we have some suggestions for you.
Produced by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, this book showcases buildings that are still standing, as well as those that are long gone in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Pittsburgh’s Landmark Architecture includes over 1000 entries, so if you’ve ever wondered about the history of a building, you’ll probably find the answer here!
If you know the history of Pittsburgh’s older buildings, but want to learn about the newer additions to the skyline, look no further. This guide includes 53 buildings from 1900 through the post World War II era, many of which are local, state, or national landmarks.
Pittsburgh’s Mansions by Melanie Linn Gutowski
Explore some of the grand homes of noteworthy Pittsburgh citizens from the 1830s through the 1920s. You’ll look inside the homes of Henry Clay Frick and H.J. Heinz, plus many others, some of which are still standing today.
Whirlwind Walk: Architecture and Urban Spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh from the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
This guidebook will take you on a walking tour of Pittsburgh’s downtown, beginning at the Allegheny County Courthouse and ending at Point State Park. You’ll learn more about what you see on a regular basis from 46 tour stops and short essays.
You can also borrow one of the library’s PCN Tour DVDs and take a tour from the comfort of your home!
Of course, for local history, there’s no better source than the Green Tree Historical Society. You’ll find family and home history files, aerial photos from the 1930s – 1990s, school yearbooks, local cemetery books, census information, and so much more information about Green Tree and the surrounding area. Stop by the Historical Society in the Municipal Center on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, or make an appointment by calling 412-921-8013.