Lion on the Keystone Bank Building

Lion on the Keystone Bank

Fourth Avenue has a denser population of lions than anywhere else in Pittsburgh, and possibly anywhere else in North America.

Commercial National Bank

Commercial National Bank

This little bank on Fourth Avenue was originally designed by Alden and Harlow. The central section has been ruthlessly mutilated, with the elegant arch replaced by a cartoon suggestion of an arch. For reasons unknown, much of the rest of the building was left untouched (although it is pretty clearly missing its top), and the details there are enough to make it worth our while to stop and admire them.

Of course there are lions. How could there not be lions?

The Lionhead, Shadyside

Twin lion heads guard the entrances to the Lionhead, an apartment building in Shadyside.

Decorations on the Parkvale Building, Oakland

The richly decorated Parkvale Building on Forbes Avenue is currently under renovation, so we can hope that these splendid reliefs will continue to delight future generations of Pittsburghers.

Lion on the Allegheny County Courthouse

Romanesque lions guard the Allegheny County Courthouse. They would originally have been at street level before Grant Street was lowered by about a storey.