As you walk into the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, you feel like you've been transported to another world. The lush tree cover and plants create a pleasant and calm atmosphere. The park offers a wide variety of educational programs teaching various methods to preserve the environment. It also offers grants to students wanting to pursue their studies in botany and other related fields. Moreover, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes which is found within the conservatory is environmentally sustainable, earning four stars from the Sustainable SITES Initiative.
This chapel, a landmark on the University of Pittsburgh's campus, was erected as a memorial of the Heinz family. The Heinz family, one of the major producers of ketchup and condiments in the United States, lived and started their now world-renowned business in Pittsburgh. The family still funds many scholarships and services at the university. The chapel is non-denominational and holds a variety of services, weddings, and concerts. See the website for details on special events.
Located in the historic side of Pittsburgh, this aviary has a treasury of beauty in store. Come by to enjoy wildlife in the lovely woods of North Pittsburgh. This place houses more than 600 rare and endangered species of birds. Witness various flight atriums, bird-related exhibits, and demonstrations. Take a break from your TV set and get your children along to do some real bird-watching and learn more about nature and these lovely creatures. Home to more than six hundred birds, the National Aviary is the only one of its kind being given the "national" status.
Towering at the center of the University of Pittsburgh is the 42-story high Late Gothic Revival Cathedral known as the Cathedral of Learning. A modern-day Pittsburgh landmark, this architectural wonder was built in 1934 and is the second tallest university building in the world. One of the most photographed landmarks of the city, the tower is also renowned for housing the Nationality Rooms. The rooms portray various cultures from the world that have influenced the growth of the city.
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is one of the best in the country, where each enclosure is spacious enough to allow the animal to roam freely while also allowing good views for visitors. The best part is that one can get up close with polar bears, primates and other exotic animals. Experienced handlers and stringent maintenance of every space add to the experience. The zoo is deeply involved with the conservation of nearly extinct flora, fauna and animal life. Moreover, you can use facilities such as scooter rides, adult strollers, wheelchairs, safari jeeps, carouse rides, tram rides and more.
Over five acres (2.02 hectares) of lawns, gardens and historic buildings make up the Frick Art and Historical Center, which is adjacent to part of the sprawling Frick Park. Landmarks in the center include the Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, Clayton House, a greenhouse, an education center, a museum shop, and a cafe.
The history of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh can be traced all the way back to 1773. The congregation originally gathered for prayer and worship within a simple log structure, before its growing size could no longer be accommodated within the humble structure. The current church building was constructed in 1903 and is the fourth to have been built for the First Presbyterian Church. Although the building itself is replete with elegant and intricate architectural details, what it is best known for is its impressive collection of over 250 stained glass and leaded windows.Most notable of these are the 13 windows designed and installed by the Tiffany studios, and known for their intricate detail, vivid colors and realistic depictions. Guided tours of the church are conducted each Sunday after the 10:45a service, and group bookings can be made as well. Although a popular tourist destination, the church is first and foremost an active place of worship, where faith in Christ and belief in the Bible as God's word form the basis for all worship. Through worship and prayer, the church members strive to over come their inherent human faults and live a life that is dedicated to the welfare of others.
A thriving center in Pittsburgh, Station Square seems to have it all. This 275,000 square feet riverfront complex encompasses contemporary dining restaurants and loads of shopping options. Eateries like Hard Rock Café, Buca di Beppo, The Melting Pot and Joe's Crab Shack will definitely whet your appetite. The fountain at Bessemer Court, spouting a synchronized display of multi-colored water and music, is truly thrilling. The nightlife here is always buzzing with good music and hip crowds. You can also spend your day with scenic river cruises, express tours or car shows. With so much to do, you surely need more than a day to explore this dynamic place!
Built as the headquarters of the prominent Gulf Oil Company, in 1932, the Gulf Tower is an iconic landmark of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This 44-story tower features the classic Art Decor architecture with its beacon lighting up on special occasions and to mark celebratory days, such as Memorial Day, New Years and Independence Day. The building has been named after one of the leading multi-national corporations in the world, the Gulf Oil Corporation. Designed by Trowbridge & Livingston firm, this historical building cost an approx. US$ 10.05 million. The design of this iconic tower in Downtown Pittsburgh derives its inspiration from the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
This structure was the first of 17 inclines that once traversed the steep slopes along the river that bears the same name. The tilted rail cars and tracks shuttle passengers from the foot of Smithfield Street at Station Square to the top of Mount Washington. A functioning piece of the public transit system even today, Monongahela Incline is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. It offers a stunning view of the Golden Triangle skyline from the observation deck atop Mount Washington.
Duquesne Incline is an inclined funicular located near South Side in Pittsburgh and ascending on Mount Washington. It started operation in 1877 and has a 30-degree (0.52-radian) angle of inclination. It also has an unusual five-foot (1.5-meter) gauge. The locomotive was steam-powered and was built to carry cargo up and down the mountain in the late 19th Century. The incline was later refurbished and is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.
A historic community nestled in the bustling City of Pittsburg, the Chatham Village is certainly a historical area. Evolved in 1930s, Clarence Stein and Henry Wright designed this district. Though targeted to be an affordable housing option, it soon attracted affluent residents owing to the beautiful town plan. It featured in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1998.