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William Pitt Union

Once a luxurious hotel, the William Pitt Union is today the epicenter of Pitt student life outside the classroom and home to more than 300 student organizations.

Opened as the Hotel Schenley in 1898, the beaux-arts building hosted every U.S. president from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower as well as such cultural luminaries as American singer-actress Lillian Russell (who married there), Italian tragedian Eleonora Duse (who, tragically, died there), and Neapolitan-born tenor Enrico Caruso.

Visiting ballplayers, professors, and students joined the Schenley’s clientele in 1909 when Forbes Field (home to baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates) opened nearby and when Pitt relocated to Oakland from Pittsburgh’s North Side.

In 1956, Pitt bought the building to serve, among other things, as the University’s student union. Following an 18-month renovation that restored much of its original belle époque charm, it was renamed the William Pitt Union in 1983.

3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Upcoming Events

22 Aug

Enjoy all of what Nordy’s Place has to offer like Billiards, Table Tennis, Foosball, and our other indoor and outdoor games!

22 Aug

Self defense takes many forms, from learning to pick up clues in your environment, to setting healthy boundaries, to practicing effective physical resistance...

August 22, 2021 4:30 p.m.
22 Aug

Meet new people and make friends at Speed Friending hosted by the First Year Mentors! Get to know other first year students with snacks and music in Nordy's...

August 22, 2021 7:00 p.m.
22 Aug

Join the office of new student programs in creating beautiful letter or wood blocks and some late-night fun. Meet other first-year students as you craft your...

August 22, 2021 9:00 p.m.
23 Aug

At Pitt, we like to say the the city is our campus. Discover Pittsburgh! is your chance to get and explore your new home. Travel with a small group to...

August 23, 2021 10:00 a.m.