Panther Hollow Lake

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2014 by SimpleSue

Oakland thru the eyes of “Father Pitt”

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Panther Hollow Lake in early spring, with the Cathedral of Learning in the background and a pair of Canada geese floating on the water.

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Inside the Cathedral of Learning

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2014 by SimpleSue

More great photos of Oakland from – “Father Pitt”

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The Cathedral of Learning, designed by Charles Z. Klauder, is the second-tallest Gothic building in the world (after the Woolworth Building in New York), and by far the most successful adaptation of Gothic style to the skyscraper. Like many of the most memorable feats of architecture in Pittsburgh, it confidently approaches the boundary between genius and madness without ever stepping all the way over that line. The Commons Room, a Perpendicular-style fantasy in stone, is one of the most impressive spaces in a city full of impressive spaces.

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Cathedral of Learning

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2014 by SimpleSue

More great photos of Oakland from – “Father Pitt”

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Looking up at the masterpiece of Charles Z. Klauder, still the most convincing Gothic skyscraper in the world.

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Cathedral of Learning from Three Viewpoints

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More great photos from – “Father Pitt”

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The Cathedral of Learning from three different angles. Pittsburgh is a bit unusual in having one of its tallest skyscrapers outside the main skyscraper district. Currently this is our seventh-tallest building (at 535 feet), but it will be bumped down to eighth-tallest when the new Tower at PNC Plaza (554 feet tall) is finished.

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Entrance to Bayard Manor

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From – “Father Pitt”

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North Oakland is one of the few areas of Pittsburgh where large apartment blocks took root, and some of them are worth a look. Bayard Manor gives us a sort of deco interpretation of Gothic that fits well with the Cathedral of Learning a few blocks away.

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Turrets at Central Catholic

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From -“Father Pitt”

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Central Catholic High School in Oakland is a fantasy medieval castle out of a German fairy tale. This is a view from the east side of some of the odd turrets and projections.

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School for Blind Children

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2014 by SimpleSue

From the very informative blog – “Father Pitt”

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This building from 1894, right next to Schenley Farms in Oakland, was designed by George L. Orth, and still houses the school he designed it for.

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