Interesting Historical Sights to Explore in Pittsburgh



May 23, 2019

Every city develops its own unique vibe based on the area’s local history. From famous architecture to an Episcopal cathedral, these sites have an aura of history and importance that is often a contributing factor to its draw. Let’s reveal some of the most interesting spots to see in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.




America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Fallingwater for Pittsburgh’s prominent Kaufmann family. This masterpiece of stone, concrete, and glass instantly became famous. Tour this multilevel home cantilevered over a breathtaking waterfall from March 9 through December 31, except Wednesdays.


The basic tour lasts 45 minutes or plans three hours for an extensive exploration of the home and surrounding landscape. There’s also a tour just for kids ages six and up. Book your visit a few weeks in advance to ensure availability.


Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail


The Allegheny Jail and County Courthouse is found downtown in Pittsburgh. Part of a larger complex, both buildings are excellent examples of architect H.H. Richardson’s designs. Some say they are examples of his greatest work. His instantly recognizable Romanesque Revival style influenced buildings in many cities across America from Minneapolis City Hall to the Wayne County Courthouse in Richmond, Indiana.


The American Institute of Architects ranked the Allegheny County Courthouse second to only one other courthouse in the nation: the United States Supreme Court Building. Discover the rich history of these magnificent structures that are now considered a National Historic Landmark. Occupying two square city blocks, the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail are open for group and free self-guided tours.


Rachel Carson Homestead


The Carson Family Homestead is less than 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in nearby Springdale, Pennsylvania. A writer and educator, Carson was born in this five-room farmhouse along the Allegheny River in 1907. Today Carson’s childhood home remains much as it once was and the site now showcases artifacts of her life and work.


After publishing the environmental science book Silent Spring, Carson’s fame grew and she came to be regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of her time. Tour the home, stroll through the organic garden, or wander down the quarter-mile trail, complete with views of the Allegheny River and a variety of wildlife. Markers along the path provide in-depth information about Carson’s life in general and her love of the forest.


The Trinity Cathedral


Head downtown to experience the Trinity Cathedral. This Gothic church touts an impressive collection of stained glass windows in addition to its remarkable history.


This Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh was completed in 1872 and sits atop an 18th-century burial ground. This hilltop cemetery is the final resting place of Shawnee Chief Red Pole, who died at local Fort Pitt in 1797. The land was deeded by the heirs of Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn to the congregation’s founders.


From breathtaking architecture to an early-American homestead, Pennsylvania offers history buffs a variety of destinations. This list encompasses just a few of our favorite local sites.


Visit one today.

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