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Cathedral of Learning

The Gothic Revival skyscraper that Pitt Chancellor John G. Bowman commissioned in 1921 inspired local industries to donate steel, cement, elevators, glass, plumbing, and heating elements. Thousands of adults today still have the certificates they received as school children upon contributing 10 cents to “’buy a brick” for the Cathedral.

In addition to its magnificent four-story Commons Room at ground level, the 42-story Cathedral houses classrooms (including the internationally renowned Nationality Classrooms) academic and administrative offices, libraries, computer labs, a theater, a print shop, and a food court.

In 2007, on the 70th anniversary of the Cathedral’s dedication, Pitt trustees approved a project to clean and restore the iconic building. Its interior has since been upgraded and its limestone exterior scrubbed of industrial grime.

A landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 535-foot-tall Cathedral is the second-tallest educational building in the world after the University of Moscow’s main building. In recent years, families of peregrine falcons have nested atop the Cathedral.

Fifth Ave at Bigelow, Pittsburgh, 15213

Upcoming Events

30 May

Thursday May 30 | Noon to 1:30 pm | Real World Challenges and Solutions to Substance Abuse and Mental Health | Dr. Melanie Bennett 2017 Cathedral of Learning

May 30, 2024 12:00 p.m.
07 Jun

On June 7th, 2024, S. Brook Corfman will defend their dissertation, "Beautiful Arty: Rhetoric and Poetics of Gender Transition," in 501 Cathedral of Learning...

June 07, 2024 2:00 p.m.
12 Jun

Nicholas Szoko: Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program PhD Defense Advisor: Alison J. Culyba, MD, PhD, MPH Committee Chair: Galen Switzer,...

June 12, 2024 7:30 a.m.
26 Jun

Note: this is the first in a series of three workshops designed to build on each other. If you would like to attend all three Wednesday workshops, please...

28 Jun

Discover the power of letters as art with this introduction to graffiti typography by artists Shane Pilster and Max Gonzales of Do What We Love. Find your...

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