Sunny, but 16 degrees today.
Another breakfast and an offer by the innkeeper to take some cookies for the road!
Before any museums opened, we drove downtown to see the Allegheny County Courthouse, part of a complex that includes the county jail, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in Romanesque Revival style and which he considered his finest work.
|Allegheny County Courthouse (1884-1889)|
|Pittsburgh's Bridge of Sighs (KSS)|
|Allegheny County Courthouse detail showing the rusticated|
blocks of granite, a Syrian arch, and Byzantine capitals
|Allegheny County Courthouse courtyard|
|Statue of Mayor Richard S Caliguiri (1990|
by Robert Berks) in front of the Pittsburgh
City-County Building; Caliguiri
served from 1977 until his death in 1988
|Across the street men were power washing;|
remember that it was 16 degrees F!
|1944 M4A3(76)W HVSS Sherman Tank|
|Heinz Hitch (late 19C) by Studebaker in South Bend, IN|
|Pittsburgh Streetcar #1724 (1948),|
a PCC car by St Louis Car
|Bantam Reconnaissance Car #1007 (1940),|
one of the very first jeeps that was developed
by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, PA
|The poster, inspired by women like|
Rosie the Riveter, was designed by
J Howard Miller of Pittsburgh in 1942,
to boost morale at Westinghouse
|The Baldwin vertical piano (c. 1940s) of Mary Lou Williams,|
a New York City jazz icon who was born in Atlanta, GA,
but grew up in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh
|Elecktro (1937), the first voice animated robot,|
built by Westinghouse, and his dog, Sparko (1940);
Elecktro appeared at the 1939 New York
World's Fair with Sparko joining him in 1940
|Superhero Franco Harris scooping up the ball|
for his "Immaculate Reception"
|Women were included!|
Women's athletic costume
and exercise hoop (c. 1940)
The company was known for fair treatment of its employees and safe and sanitary food preparation. It is now a global company with its headquarters in Pittsburgh.
H J Heinz is the great-grandfather of H John Heinz III, who was to become a US Senator for Pennsylvania. The History Center is named for Senator Heinz.
|Ten-year old Henry John sold produce|
from his mother's garden
|As president of H J Heinz|
|His desk set (c. 1900)|
|Eleven-foot ketchup bottle made|
from 400 bottles
|Charlie the Tuna costume|
|Salesman's pickle sizing sample case (c.1900)|
|Bottles from his first companies (1869-1873) of|
Heinz and Noble, and Anchor Pickle & Vinegar Works
|Pickle pin collection, including the first, actually|
a watch charm, from the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago
|Form and function:|
A rose leaf jar (1924-1927) and
signal light (c.1940)
|Lemonade set (c. 1925) by Joseph Locke,|
and citrus reamers
|The Great Oak Tree with Henrietta Pussycat's house|
and the door to X the Owl's home
|Mr Rogers in his iconic outfit, sitting on his bench,|
with Picture Picture behind him
|King Friday the XIII's castle, and|
Chef Brockett's hat and apron
|Our completed card|
Outside, there was so much traffic, and we knew all those people in the parking lot were not in the museum. There was a Remodeling Expo at the nearby convention center. But we also had a problem parking in the Strip District, where we had lunch.
We went to a "Pittsburgh institution" to have a "Pittsburgh tradition" of a Primanti Brothers sandwich. It doesn't matter what kind of sandwich you order, but at Primanti's, you know it will have tomato slices, cole slaw, and French fries in between slices of soft Italian bread!
|Kent's tunafish sandwich|
|Cross-section of my double egg and cheese sandwich|