St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The classical style of this church, which is now the cathedral for the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, is quite unusual for a Greek Orthodox church. Greek Christians do not usually build in a Greek classical style—and the style of this church, with the prominent arch in the front, is more Roman than Greek. The explanation is that it was built for Methodists; the Orthodox congregation bought it from them.

Even if you don’t know much Greek, you can probably guess that this is the name of the church in Greek: “St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church.”

Ionic capital

One of the splendid Ionic capitals that hold up a front of which Vitruvius would have approved.

A Polychrome Balcony

Colorful paint adds a bit of whimsy to a small apartment building in Shadyside.

Roof Ornaments, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

Above, the distinctive grotesque eruption at the pinnacle of the pyramid roof. Below, the alternating eagles and torches of the cornice.

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.