Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

Old Main, Duquesne University

Old Main, Duquesne University

The idea of a skyscraper university did not originate with Pitt: in 1885, this building—a supertall by 1885 standards—put all of Holy Ghost College under one roof. The architect was William Kaufman, and the building cost the enormous sum of $150,000.(1) The roof originally had a cupola, which must have had amazing views of the city when the smoke parted for a while.

The building shortly after it was built, from Allegheny County Centennial, 1888.


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