Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh

Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh (must see)

Allegheny County Courthouse is a government building of Allegheny County located in the county seat of the city. Following the destruction of the second courthouse, Allegheny County Commissioners decided to hold a competition to design a replacement. The winner of the competition was Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson and construction of the buildings was begun by the Norcross Brothers, Richardson's construction firm of choice, in 1884. The design of the Allegheny County Courthouse has influenced buildings in many cities across America, such as Minneapolis City Hall, Altgeld Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and James W. McLaughlin's Wayne County Courthouse in Richmond, Indiana.

In 1974, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, the American Institute of Architects asked Harris Interactive to survey 2,000 people, who were shown 247 photographs of buildings and other structures in different categories chosen by 2,500 architects. The Allegheny County Courthouse was ranked 35th overall on the list and above every other courthouse in the nation except the U.S. Supreme Court. Muralist Vincent Nesbert completed four murals for the building on its second floor in 1940: "Industry," "Justice," "Peace," "Fort Duquesne" and "The Battle of Grant's Hill."

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Sight Name: Allegheny County Courthouse
Sight Location: Pittsburgh, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Pittburgh Downtown Architecture Walk   Orientation Walk  

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