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PITTSBURGH | Cathedral of Learning | 535 FT / 163 M | 42 FLOORS | 1934

"The Cathedral of Learning, a Pittsburgh landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Standing at 535 feet (>163 m), the 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere and the second tallest university building (fourth tallest educationally-purposed building) in the world. It is also the second tallest gothic-styled building in the world. The Cathedral of Learning was commissioned in 1921 and ground was broken in 1926. The first class was held in the building in 1931 and its exterior finished in October 1934, prior to its formal dedication in June, 1937. The Cathedral is a steel frame structure overlaid with Indiana limestone and contains more than 2,000 rooms and windows. It functions as a primary classroom and administrative center of the university, and is home to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and many of its departments, as well as the University Honors College and the College of General Studies. It houses many specialty spaces including a studio theater, food court, study lounges, offices, computer and language labs, 29 Nationality Rooms, and a half acre, 4-story high, vaulted, gothic study and event hall. The building contains noted examples of stained glass, stone, wood, and iron work and is often used by the University in photographs, postcards, and other advertisements."

-Wikipedia: "Cathedral of Learning" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Learning



"The building was to be more than a schoolhouse; it was to be a symbol of the life that Pittsburgh through the years had wanted to live. It was to make visible something of the spirit that was in the hearts of pioneers as, long ago, they sat in their log cabins and thought by candlelight of the great city that would sometime spread out beyond their three rivers and that even they were starting to build."

"They shall find wisdom here and faith - in steel and stone - in character and thought - they shall find beauty - adventure - and moments of high victory"

-Chancellor John Gabbert Bowman

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As a University of Pittsburgh alumnus this building will always have a special place in my heart. Outside of that, it's a masterful example of late gothic revival architecture. Stunning inside and out.
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Old Posted Jun 26, 2013, 10:17 PM
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View of the Cathedral of Learning from my townhouse on the South Side Slopes:

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An amazing gothic skyscraper.
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Photos Ive taken of the building, truly one of the most spectacular buildings in the US both inside and out.





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One of the finest skyscrapers.
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This is an perfect example of a Gothic skyscraper and it's probably the best.
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Truly one of the most beautiful buildings out there. Reminds me a bit of this place, featured in Ghostbusters (570 Lexington ave, or GE building):

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Here are some of my photos of this magnificent tower:





























All photos taken by geomorph in 2012.
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I now live only two blocks from this beautiful building and can see it from my window.
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PhotoLith, lucky you to live so close. Have you poked around to see all the themed classrooms? I should have done that more than I did when I visited.
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That's a truly amazing building, can't believe I haven't seen it before. I wonder if we will ever see the like of this kind of construction again.

On a side note, is this featured in the Fantastical Beasts movie? It is pretty much the perfect building, inside and out, for Magic 1930's America-universe.
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Love this building. One of finest examples of Gothic architecture in the US. Been up there a few times..
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