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Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Named after Pitt’s 15th chancellor, Wesley W. Posvar Hall houses the College of General Studies, the Office of Veterans Services, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the School of Education, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the University Center for International Studies, and the social sciences departments of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. It is the largest academic-use-only building on campus.

The building sits on the former site of Forbes Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1909 to 1970. Babe Ruth hit his last two home runs at the ballpark. The home plate from Forbes Field is preserved on the ground floor of Posvar Hall, embedded in glass. A commemorative plaque notes the last two games played on the field—a double-header against the Chicago Cubs. Outside the hall, brick inlaid into the concrete sidewalk marks the line of Forbes Field’s outfield wall.

Hanging from the ceiling of Posvar Hall, amid various artworks and sculptures, is one of two surviving Langley Aerodomes, Aerodrome No. 6, dating from 1896. Among the first engine-driven heavier-than-air craft, it was designed by former Pitt astronomer Samuel Langley. Only nine days after No. 6 flew more than 5,000 feet, the Wright brothers made their historic first successful flight of a manned aircraft. 

230 S Bouquet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Upcoming Events

29 May

Giuseppe Moscelli, University of Surrey, "Non-monetary Interventions, Workforce Retention and Hospital Quality: Evidence from the English NHS”

May 29, 2024 2:00 p.m.
06 Jun

By Joung Yeob Ha Department of Economics Committee Members Andreas Ferrara, Co-Chair Randall Walsh, Co-Chair Osea Giuntella Tianyi Wang (University of...

June 06, 2024 9:00 a.m.
24 Jun

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project's Young Writers Institute is happening this summer from June 24 – July 3! Rising fourth through twelfth graders from...

25 Jun

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project's Young Writers Institute is happening this summer from June 24 – July 3! Rising fourth through twelfth graders from...

26 Jun

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project's Young Writers Institute is happening this summer from June 24 – July 3! Rising fourth through twelfth graders from...

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