Walking tours

This is Pittsburgh Week, for me. On Saturday, I went on a walking tour in downtown Pittsburgh. We looked at buildings designed by Chicago architects, beginning with the Pennsylvania Railroad Station designed by Daniel Burnham and finishing with the Mies van der Rohe engineering building on the Duquesne campus. Pittsburgh is very fortunate that so many of these buildings are still standing. The train station has become an elegant office and apartment building. I don’t know what the apartments look like but the former public spaces are fabulous.

Yesterday, after my Pittsburgh history class, I went over to Station Square. I had lunch in the Grand Concourse, another fabulous, preserved train station. Then I visited the offices of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, the tour creator, where I collected more information about Pittsburgh architecture. One of my dear friends from Chicago is coming to visit this weekend. She is very interested in architecture, and I promised to be her Pittsburgh tour guide. I’m getting prepared. Then, since I ate too much lunch, I atoned by walking across the Smithfield Street Bride and then into downtown.

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