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Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
The Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is part of a complex (along with the old Allegheny County Jail) designed by H. H. Richardson. The buildings are considered among the finest examples of the Romanesque Revival style for which Richardson is well known.The complex is bordered by wide thoroughfares named for city founders James Ross (Ross Street), John Forbes (Forbes Avenue) and James Grant (Grant Street). The current building, completed in 1888, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Richardson later referred to it as his "great achievement".
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  • H.H. Richardson's masterpiece (in my opinion). Millions were spend on rehabilitating and refurnishing its Romanesque exterior, interior stairways and courtrooms (one restored to its initial height dim...  more »
  • Google this attraction for the history and gaze at the WPA frescos, or watch a trial. All can be done.  more »
  • Count the arches, if you dare! We are so fortunate here in in Pittsburgh to have Henry Hobson Richardson's masterpiece, an edifice replicated-in part across the country. Big stones, arches, architectu...  more »
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  • Marvelous stone architecture by famous architect H.H. Richardson. The beauty and sheer size are breathtaking.
  • .long wait for juvenile hearing lot off kids getting prob
  • It's best when not visiting this historic building on official business. Take a tour of the inner courtyard and admire the remarkable architecture. It's hard to believe this building is nestled in between modern skyscrapers.
  • This building is beautiful, and architecturally it is neat to explore inside and out. However, navigating the inside of this building for a specific purpose can be very difficult. You're not sure which doors to even enter through from the exterior, and once inside many rooms are labeled in a manner that was probably intended to be temporary but has become permanent.
  • Beautiful building. Somewhat confusing to navigate though. Staff was very friendly.

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