After a quick breakfast at the Inn on Mexican War Streets, we trudged through about 4 inches of snow in the Allegheny Commons Park across the street from the Inn.
|George Washington Memorial (1891)|
by Edward Ludwig Albert Pausch
|Bridge over Lake Elizabeth|
|Tribute to Children (2009)|
with a sculpture of Mr Rogers by Robert Berks
|A view of the Fort Duquesne Bridge and|
downtown Pittsburgh across the Allegheny River
We actually had two docents! Jimmy A did most of the narrative, and Buzz B handled the spotlights and added a few comments. Both had attended the church and its grade school, and were not told about the significance of these murals that decorated their church!
|St Nicholas Croatian Church|
|The apse of St Nicholas Croatian Church|
The sun had come out when we headed for lunch, staying on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
|Heinz food processing plant (1890s), now Heinz Lofts;|
steam obscures the '57' on the second smokestack
|Eberhardt and Ober Brewing Co. (1883), now Penn Brewery|
|Former Eberhardt and Ober Brewing Co.|
Kent tried their Penn Pilsner and Brick Biergarten IPA beers, to go with his Penn Pilsner Bratwurst Baguette. I had the Spaetzle with chicken in a wild mushroom cream sauce. Since they seem to like things big in Pittsburgh, these spätzle were the size of gnocchi!
|Spaetzle with chicken|
We had to drive down a very steep hill, which fortunately was clear of snow, slush, and ice. Most of the streets in this area still had a lot of snow and slush left from the 5-6 inches that had accumulated. We ended up driving through downtown Pittsburgh in order to reach the Carnegie Museums. We passed Dippy the Dinosaur, a fiberglass rendition of Diplodocus carnegii, discovered by Carnegie Museum of Natural History paleontologists in 1899 in Wyoming.
|Dippy the Dinosaur (1999)|
|Mastodon pelvis and smaller bones in the PaleoLab|
|We touched a piece of Mars|
|The Herja mine of Romania had its own display case|
|Sort of a miniature Bryce Canyon full of hoodoos|
|Amazing colors in nature (from India)|
|Septarian concretions contain angular cavities or cracks;|
a concretion is a compact mass embedded
within a host rock of a different composition
|Looks like contemporary art|
|This Goethite has an "oily" sheen|
|Scolecite chia pet|
|Camarasaurus lentus, the most complete skeleton|
of any sauropod dinosaur, displayed still encased in the
sandstone in which it was found in 1919-1920 in Utah
|A Ceratosaurus nasicornis preys on a Dryosaurus altus|
|Apatosaurus louisae, the most complete Apatosaurus|
collected to date, found in Utah in 1909
|Diplodocus carnegii, the "original"|
(Note the stacks of the Carnegie Library behind the windows in the back)
|Gate of Adobe Church (1929) by Georgia O'Keeffe|
|The Chariot of Aurora, an Art Deco wall relief|
designed for the Grand Salon of the Normandie,the most glamorous ocean liner of the 1930s
|Kent and Delaware Crossing (1967) by Frank Stella|
|Self-Portrait (1986) by Andy Warhol|
(since we couldn't take photos in the Andy Warhol Museum!)
|Gussied Up (1992) by Mike Kelley|
|Issue (1995) by Robert Ryman|
|Forever (Stainless Steel Bicycles in Gilding) Duo (2013) by Ai Weiwei|
|Poster (2004) with art by cartoonist Robert Crumb|
|This radiator can compete with the contemporary art!|
|Cast of the façade of the Abbey of St-Gilles-du-Gard|
Passed a lone bell tower on the way to dinner.
|Leftover bell tower from the|
Bellefield Presbyterian Church (1889)
|Oddly colored sunset|
We zigzagged across the peninsula to go to the Church Brew Works, a brewery and restaurant in the former St John the Baptist Church (1902), designed by Louis Beezer, Michael Beezer, and John Comes in Northern Italian style, located at 3525 Liberty Avenue.
|Church Brew Works|
In 1993 the church was de-consecrated, and Church Brew Works opened in 1996. They restored the Douglas fir floorboards and made an effort to keep much of the interior intact.
|Church Brew Works interior|
(Note that the beer vats are in the holiest of spots!)
|Church Brew Works interior with|
the bar in the left aisle
|Church Brew Works glass motto|
Again, Juan F was three for three in recommending the Max Vanka Murals, the Carnegie Museums, and the Church Brew Works! Many thanks to Juan, and Fernando F!!
Back to the Inn on the Mexican War Streets.
Next: Pittsburgh III.