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Cathedral of Learning

Identification

Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning
121991

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
limestone
applied masonry
light brown
neo-gothic

Usage

university

Facts

  • The building is set in a terraced lawn at the University of Pittsburgh campus on the city's east side.
  • The Commons Room on the first floor is four stories high, with a vaulted ceiling, Indiana limestone walls, and a green Vermont slate floor.
  • Three memorial classrooms galleries surround the Commons Room, each with its own theme.
  • The first gallery, the Nationality Rooms, commemorate the nationalities making up Pittsburgh's population. They were designed in the styles of 17 different nations by foreign architects.
  • The second gallery contains rooms interpreting the history of western Pennsylvania.
  • The third gallery contains memorials to the creators of Pittsburgh.
  • The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
  • An extensive facade cleaning project began in March 2007.
  • Tallest school building in the western hemisphere; the tallest in the world is at Lomonosov Moscow State University Main Building.

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Location

4200 Fifth Avenue
15260
U.S.A.

Technical Data

535.01 ft
535.01 ft
535.01 ft
42
1926
1936
12

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

facility management, general contractor, owner

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark