I came to Pittsburgh with relatively low expectations, remembering the graphic account in David Cannadine’s biography of Andrew Mellon of how deeply unhappy his wife, Nora, was when she had to move there in 1900.   So, I was unprepared for the grandiosity of the great gothic monuments of the university campus – products of the generosity of the generation of Pittsburgh bankers and industrialists, Carnegie, Heinz and Mellon.   Most impressive is the so-called Cathedral of Learning, designed in the late 1920s by Charles Klauder of Phildelphia to house all aspects of the University – 87 classrooms, 184 laboratories and 19 libraries:-

Immediately opposite is the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute which is as austerely classical as the Cathedral of Learning is madly gothic:-

Also, I failed to post the magnificent Hall of Sculpture in the Carnegie Institute, next door to the Museum, which is a replica of the Parthenon, built out of the same stone:-


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