Pittsburgh November 14, 2016
9 Of The Most Enchanting Man Made Wonders in Pittsburgh
How often do most of us Pittsburghers take the time to stop and really look around us? To appreciate the amazing beauty – both natural and man made – that surrounds us in out beautiful city? Next time you’re in the Burgh, take a look at these nine man made wonders in Pittsburgh with a fresh perspective.
1. Duquesne Incline – 1197 West Carson Street
The Duquesne Incline dates back to 1877. Countless Pittsburghers and visitors climb up the side of Mount Washington on the incline every year, each treated to an unparalleled view of downtown Pittsburgh's skyline.
2. The Cathedral of Learning – 4200 Fifth Avenue
The exterior view of the Cathedral of Learning is rivaled only by its interior. Drink in spectacular views of Oakland from the 36th floor of an architectural marvel that was funded, in part, by the hard-earned dimes of Pittsburgh's children in the 1920s.
3. Fallingwater – 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464
Arguably one of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces, Fallingwater welcomes visitors to tour its grounds and the home built over a breathtaking rushing waterfall.
4. Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens – 1 Schenley Drive
A man made wonder meshes with countless natural wonders at Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens. The enchanted conservatory welcomes visitors daily and features regular events, classes, and programs.
5. Point State Park – 601 Commonwealth Place
Spanning 36 acres at the confluence of Pittsburgh's three rivers, Point State Park combines natural and man made beauty. Arguably the centerpiece of Point State Park, the fountain debuted way back in 1974 and received much-needed renovations in 2013.
6. The Bridge of Sighs – 436 Grant Street
The Bridge of Sighs, connecting the Allegheny County Courthouse to the Allegheny County Jail, was modeled after the bridge of the same name in Venice, Italy. Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, the courthouse, the jail, and the bridge stand as a testament to Pittsburgh's past.
7. Union Station Rotunda – 1100 Liberty Avenue
Marvel at the man made Union Station Rotunda, part of the historic Union Station that was built between 1898 and 1904. Union Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
8. Smithfield Street Bridge
Designed by Gustav Lindenthal, the Smithfield Street Bridge made its debut in 1883. The bridge, which connects downtown Pittsburgh with the South Side, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
9. PPG Place
PPG Place, a mirrored complex that look as though it's come straight from the pages of a fairy tale, first opened in 1984. It's a popular spot to eat lunch during the workweek in the warmer months and for holiday revelers and ice skaters during the Christmas season.
Once you’ve crossed each of these nine man made wonders off of your to do list, check out
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