Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

Some Decorations on the William Penn Hotel

“William Penn Hotel” on the marquee

The architect Benno Janssen, one of the titans of Pittsburgh architecture, was very fond of terra cotta, as he showed early in his career in the exuberant Wedgwood patterns of the Buhl Building. The William Penn is more restrained, but it is still a feast for lovers of ornament.

Terra-cotta head
A similar head from the front
Window with false balcony
William Penn between griffins
Egg and dart with foliage
William Penn between griffins
Stylized head

The head of William Penn in ceremonial Quaker headdress.

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