Pittsburgh neighborhoods: Oakland, a photo essay

The city of Pittsburgh is home to countless institutions of higher learning but it is in the neighborhood of Oakland where the most historic and well-known ones can be found. The University of Pittsburgh (my graduate alma mater) is of course one of the “learning centers” that I’m referring to, with the Cathedral of Learning serving as the neighborhood’s most prominent landmarks. It’s a 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral and is the tallest education building in the Western hemisphere and the second tallest university building in the world. In addition to the plethora of university buildings that dot the neighborhood landscape, cathedrals and churches of different denominations, a famous library, museums and even performing arts venues can also be found.

In short, if one ever needed to sum up Oakland to a visitor, it could best be described as a neighborhood of abundant learning.

(Winter in Pittsburgh has been particularly brutal so I thought it would be fitting to have a neighborhood photo essay depicting the current season-snow, gray skies and all.)

J.S. Bach, outside the Carnegie Music Hall
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall
Bellefield Towers (all that remains of a former church)
Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering building (it was also the scene of a pivotal fight in The Dark Knight Rises between Batman and Bane)
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church
Heinz Chapel (where I was married)
Outside the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Doors at the Stephen Foster Memorial

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    January 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Beautiful shots!

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    Jo Ann M.
    January 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    This architecture would be gorgeous no matter what the season! The photo of Bellefield Towers is so sad. That horrible modern architecture seems to intrude on the beautiful church tower.

    Heinz Chapel is lovely! I bet your wedding photos are beautiful! Maybe you can share some interior shots sometime. I’d love to see them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Julie Tulba
      January 27, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Bellefield Avenue is quite an eyesore in my opinion (Pitt’s Info Science building is on that street and THAT is an eyesore-where I had all my classes unfortunately). It’s nice they kept the tower but yes “modernity’ does intrude in the worst of ways there.

      I will try to email you some Heinz Chapel shots sometimes. And yes, it’s more stunning on the inside!

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    January 27, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Love it – after spending last weekend in Sydney I never appreciated what beautiful old buildings we have (after so many were torn over the years). I love the history these places have in a city that you live or are familiar with

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      Julie Tulba
      January 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I wish ALL the time I lived in a bigger city (one with a better airport primarily!) but I can’t dispute that Pittsburgh has numerous historical buildings sprinkled throughout. I’m sure walking the streets of Sydney’s historic districts is amazing.

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    January 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Oh how I miss seeing the Cathedral on a daily basis! Great photos, and I am glad you survived the polar vortex to take the photos ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Julie Tulba
      January 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      It is definitely one of those buildings that always stays with you ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, Saturday was brutally cold but nothing like compared to tomorrow (daily high of 5 they’re saying). But winter in Pittsburgh is alas a reality so thought it was time I showed it.

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    January 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Great photos! I always like the cap on the dinosaur. Let me know next time you go for a neighborhood photo walk – next time maybe I can join!

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      Julie Tulba
      January 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks! And yes, the dinosaur is a classic, so recognizable too!

      Yes, for sure, it would be great to have fellow photographer! So many neighborhoods to still capture although now that I have a winter one done, I think I’m going to wait for warmer weather ๐Ÿ™‚

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