Pittsburgh July 06, 2018
8 Places Where You Can Still Experience Old Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s a fascinating combination of the historic and the modern – the buildings, the landmarks, and the restaurants. And, while we don’t have a designated section of “Old Pittsburgh,” Pittsburghers do have plenty of opportunities to experience some of the city’s rich history. In fact, many of us experience it daily, perhaps without realizing it. Here are eight historic places in Pittsburgh you’ll definitely want to visit, if you haven’t already. (And, if you have, why not visit again, right?)
1. The Original Oyster House
The Original Oyster House in Market Square serves delicious meals - with a side of history. Of course, you probably already know
about the oldest restaurant in Pittsburgh, known for its famous fish sandwiches. (The filet of fish is so big it spills off the sides of the bun.) Pittsburghers have been eating at the Market Square eatery since it opened in 1870. The spot has also starred in 25 Hollywood films, including The Night Of The Living Dead.
The Original Oyster House is located at 20 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
2. The Hollywood Theater, Dormont
Forgo the craziness of watching a movie at a multiplex. Instead, head to this one-screen theater that opened back in 1920. Of course, the Hollywood Theater Delmont shows today's most popular films. But, it also offers moviegoers the chance to watch the films of yesteryear. Stop by, for example, for the popular Breakfast & Movie series, held on Sunday mornings. Watch such classics as
Grease and The Sound of Music.
The Hollywood Theater Dormont is located at 1449 Potomac Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216.
3. Idlewild Park & SoakZone
So, we've gotta leave Pittsburgh for this next one. But, Idlewild Park has been a popular getaway for generations of Pittsburghers, so it deserves at least a mention. The popular amusement park opened way back in 1878. Today, although it's certainly changed, visitors can still ride the original carousel (dating back to the 1930s) and explore Kiddie Land, which opened in the 1950s.
Idlewild Park & SoakZone is located at 2574 US-30, Ligonier, PA 15658.
4. The Grand Concourse
A visit to the Grand Concourse offers more than just a delicious meal. It provides a glimpse into Pittsburgh's rich history. Once upon a time, the Grand Concourse served as the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Station, built in 1901. Today, the popular restaurant in Station Square maintains the charm of the former train station. In fact, if you close your eyes, you might just be able to hear the faint sound of train whistles in the distance.
The Grand Concourse is located at 100 W. Station Square Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
5. Duquesne Incline
How many of us ride up and down the Duquesne Incline or the Monongahela Incline on a regular basis? Or, how many times have we taken visitors to Pittsburgh up the incline for the sheer experience and to show off the view of the downtown skyline from atop Mount Washington? The Duquesne Incline made its debut in 1877 while the Monongahela Incline opened seven years prior.
6. Union Station
Union Station opened in 1903, serving as one of Pittsburgh's main stations. Designed by D. H. Burnham & Company, the architectural masterpiece sits on eight acres at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue.
7. Heinz Memorial Chapel
The Heinz name has been a prominent one in Pittsburgh for decades. Heinz Memorial Chapel, a non-denominational church on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, opened in 1938. A gift from the Heinz Family, the chapel provides a quiet spot for reflection and also hosts countless events throughout the year. When inside, admire the nearly two dozen original stained glass windows.
Heinz Memorial Chapel is located at S. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
8. Heinz History Center
Well, the Heinz History Center isn't exactly an historic spot. But, it does provide visitors with an intimate look into the rich history of Pittsburgh through its countless exhibits, including Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Discovery Place for Kids, and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Heinz History Center is located at 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Pay homage to Pittsburgh’s rich heritage when you visit these historic places in Pittsburgh. What other historic places would you add to the list? Share in the comments! Then,
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