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Allegheny County Courthouse

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Identification

Allegheny County Courthouse
121993

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Structure in General

building with towers
existing [completed]
romanesque revival

Usages

court house

Facts

  • An outstanding example of the Richardson Romanesque style, the complex is dominated by a tall turreted tower.
  • Built around a large landscaped courtyard.
  • The building's design is medieval in character, with steep slate roofs, massive walls of Worcester granite, turrets and arched windows.
  • The courthouse building is connected with the Allegheny County Jail by a "Bridge of Sighs" over Ross Street to the east.
  • Fire Insurance maps indicate the courthouse's tower is 250 feet.
  • Three murals by Vincent Nesbert – Triumph of Justice, Industry, and Peace – decorate the lobby.
  • As part of the commemoration of the American Institute of Architects' 150th anniversary in 2007, the organization announced the list of the 150 highest-ranked structures as "America's Favorite Architecture". The Allegheny County Courthouse was ranked 35th on this list. Start with the Empire State Building to make a tour of "America's Favorite Architecture" in order. The next building on the list is the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park.

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Location

424-436 Grant Street
427-437 Ross Street
501-539 Forbes Avenue, 500-552 Fifth Avenue
436 Grant Street
15219
Golden Triangle
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
U.S.A.

Technical Data

250.00 ft
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1885
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2000
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Features & Amenities

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