The city of Pittsburgh is brimming with buildings of all different architecture. From beautiful mansions built decades ago, to newly-renovated office spaces, the diversity from building to building is fascinating. If you take a walk around town you’re guaranteed to stumble upon buildings you are just dying to see the inside of. Lucky for you, Pittsburgh’s annual Doors Open Pittsburgh weekend long event gives you the opportunity to do just that. This weekend, explore Downtown Pittsburgh, the Northside and the Strip District on Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th.
What buildings can I tour?
With over 60 participating buildings, you are free to pick and choose which ones you are most interested in. The beauty of Doors Open is you can tour at your own speed and only go to the buildings you WANT to. Check out the 2017 Building List and start planning your way around the city.
How do you participate?
Tickets are sold online only and you must present a ticket to gain access to Pittsburgh’s riveting buildings. You have the opportunity to purchase 1-day tickets as well as the 2-day pass. Would you prefer to have a tour guide explain the ins and outs of the building to you? Purchase tickets for the Insider Tours here.
We suggest kicking off your expedition around Pittsburgh, right here at Nova Place. Nova Place has a neat history that really grasps the development of the area over time dating back to the 1700s. Before there was even building in this spot, it was known as Allegheny city complete with livestock and a ferry transporting people across the rivers to and from the Northside. Flashforward to the early 1800s and you would find a tremendous amount of working-class in the manufacturing industry. As the late 1800s approached Allegheny City was booming with someone of the most prominent Pittsburgh Companies such as Heinz and Westinghouse. The development of libraries, observatories, banks added to the “Golden Years” of the area. As the 1900s approached, the Northside was changing quickly, and after being flooded it was once again time for a revamp. In 1966 Allegheny Center Mall was developed, providing a rich shopping experience, including a large Sears, for almost 20 years.
This brings us to the birth of Nova Place! With the inspiration to rebuild and redevelop the Northside and its community, the 1.5 million square feet holds office spaces, a fitness center (Union Fitness), an open concourse offered to the public and equipped with free Comcast Wi-Fi, and Pittsburgh’s largest co-working space, Alloy 26.
With plenty of our #NorthsideNeighbors participating in #DoorsOpenPGH plan a day to tour the historical buildings of our community. Take selfies inside of Nova Place and tag us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! Happy Exploring!