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Why should the beautiful die?

Twentieth Century Club and Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Oakland

Two great cultural institutions that vacated their landmark buildings for different reasons. The Twentieth Century Club, Pittsburgh’s premier women’s club, fell on hard times like most clubs in our antisocial twenty-first century. The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, on the other hand, prospered and moved its collection to the Heinz History Center in the Strip. Old Pa Pitt is delighted to see that the old Historical Society building will soon be a Latin American Cultural Center, so that once again it will be a cultural landmark in Oakland.

The Twentieth Century Club was designed by the prolific Benno Janssen.

The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania was by the firm of Ingham and Boyd.

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