Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Pittsburgh, users recommend paying a visit to Fallingwater, in the Mill Run area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.



Fallingwater is a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, now maintained by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The structure of stone, concrete and glass is a staggering multi-level home cantilevered over an actual waterfall. The regular tour lasts about 45 minutes, the in-depth tour about two hours. There is also a children's tour, and a three-hour combination tour of the home and surrounding landscape. Fallingwater is closed during Jan-Feb for maintenance. Advanced reservations are required – book regular tours at least 1 week in advance, in-depth weekday tours two weeks in advance, in-depth weekend tours 4-6 weeks in advance. Children must be 6 years old to accompany an adult on a regular tour, 9 for an in-depth tour. Younger children may stay at the supervised Child Care Center for $2/hour per child.

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Considered one of architect Henry Hobson Richardson's greatest works, this magnificent Romanesque-style structure occupies two square city blocks. The Bridge of Sighs, where convicts traversed from court to prison, is just part of this National Historic Landmark's rich history. Group tours provided by the History and Landmark Foundation, and a self-guided tour (visitors follow a brochure) is free.

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Located adjacent to Schenley Park. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie, today the institution is made up of 7 colleges. Tours of campus available during the summer months.

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Rachel Carson Homestead

After publishing Silent Spring, Rachel Carson came to be regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. She was born just outside of Pittsburgh in a five-room farmhouse in 1907, and her childhood home in Springdale remains, complete with views of the Allegheny River and of surrounding wildlife. Tour the home, or hike the accompanying 34-mile trail, whose markers provide information about Carson's forays into the forest and her life in general.

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This 130 year old Gothic church rests on the site of an 18th Century burial ground containing the grave of Red Pole, a Shawnee chief who died at Fort Pitt in 1797. The stained glass windows are impressive.

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Located on a 132-acre campus, the University of Pittsburgh is home to several notable monuments. Be sure to see the Heinz Memorial Chapel (412-624-4157), a grand French Gothic structure with tall stained glass windows. Another interesting site, the Stephen Foster Memorial Museum (412-624-4100) is dedicated to the Pittsburgh native who became one of America's most beloved songwriters of the 1800s.

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