University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms-a photo essay

(UPDATE: Although I had published this post this morning, I discover this evening that it was no longer published. I had started the post using one computer but then finished it using another. Apparently since I still had the browser window open on the first computer with the draft, that somehow “cancelled” out the publishing. Yes, I know…it makes no sense. I am still furious over the fact that a post that had been published just disappears from the blogosphere, especially one in which I did not have a draft of it sitting around somewhere else. So as it’s late at night and having worked all day, I am “re-doing” this post in an abbreviated fashion. How I just loathe technology somedays (most days)…

The Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh are a truly spectacular place to visit, a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. When my parents were in town visiting last week, I came up with the idea to visit them. For more information on visiting them check out their website by clicking here. Wikipedia also offers a decent summary on them and their history as well (click here).

A statue of William Wallace in the Scottish Room
The Yugoslav Room
The French Room
The Norwegian Room
The German Room
The Hungarian Room
The Polish Room
The Irish Room
The Romanian Room
The Swedish Room
The Chinese Room
The Greek Room
The Armenian Room
The Indian Room
The African Room
The Israeli Room
The Turkish Room
The Swiss Room
The Italian Room
The Ukrainian Room

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  • Reply
    Jo Ann M.
    August 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Wow these rooms are fabulous! It’s hard to choose a favorite, but the details you have shown here are all beautiful! The carvings and colors are breathtaking!

    The ceiling of the Armenian Room is striking! It could be used in a modern day building. Love the coffered ceiling of the Greek room! The Turkish Room mural does look beautiful!

    Good job with the photo of the carving in the Irish room. Where is it located in the room?

    Who came up with the idea of these Nationality Rooms? I love to see culture inspired art! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    the red headed traveler
    August 6, 2013 at 12:39 am

    One room was better than the next although they all had their stunning and unique qualities to them!

    The Armenian room was apparently modeled after a 10th century (I might be off on centuries) monastery.

    If I remember correctly, that carving I liked so much was right near the doorway. The Irish room wasn’t at all “gaudy” like some but it reminded me so much of when I visited.

    From what I read the chancellor of Pitt in the 1920s requested the creation of the rooms to involve the community in as much as possible of the Cathedral of Learning and having rooms that represented the city’s great melting pot society definitely did just that!

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