We were back in Pittsburgh for the big event, our son Drew's wedding! (He and his fiancee had met when they were at university. She is from the Pittsburgh region.) The previous evening we three had met for dinner with her and her parents. Today, all three of us went into downtown Pittsburgh so Drew could pick up the mariage license at the City-County Building. Susan and I will jump at any chance to go exploring! Over Memorial Day Weekend and the Bridal Shower event Susan and I had been downtown to ride the Dusquesne and Monongahela Inclines.
Parking is downtown Pittsburgh is limited. No street parking. The limited open-air parking lots are small and very expensive. I did find a reasonably priced parking garage near the municipal and county buildings.
Allegheny County Courthouse (1888)
Drew picked up the license forthwith. (I'd been at the Alleghenny County Courthouse and the City-County Building in 1997 to resarch my family history.) While Susan and Drew stopped in at Macy's, I saw the opportunity for photography in Pittsburgh's downtown. The standout is the Allegheny County Courthouse, built between 1883 and 1888. It was desigend by architect Henry H. Richardson and is the epitome of what became known s the "Richardsonian Romanesque" style. While more recent buildings tower above it, the stately granite structure commands attention. Nearby is the interesting Smithfield United Church of Christ. Built in 1926, it has an 80 foot steeple made of aluminum (one of the first sructural uses of aluminum). Most buidings in downtown Pittsbugh acquired a black coating of soot during the era of Pittsburgh's heavy industry and resulting smog.
Allegheny County Courthouse interpretive marker
In the post-industrial era, the city's air is cleaner, and the buildings are gradually being cleaned and restored.
Time for lunch. We headed up Liberty Avenue past the Stip District to the Church Brew Works. (See review.) In the afternoon, the objective was to see the Frick Art and Historical Center and Clayton, the home of steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. Pitsburgh is a city of neighborhoods. Traveling to the Point Breeze neighborhood, we passed though Pittsburgh's Little Italy, Oakland, and Shadyside. I would have liked to have stopped by the Carnegie Museum and Library, but that will ahve to wait for our next visit to the Steel City.
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