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Pittsburgh Sights

Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail

  • 950 Second Ave. Map It
  • Pittsburgh
  • Government Building

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The Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail, designed by the influential architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1888, is one of the country's outstanding Romanesque buildings. Once you get by courthouse security, don't miss the frescoes on the first floor, the grand staircase near the entrance to the old law library, or the "bridge of sighs" connecting the courthouse and former jail (now a court facility). There is a self-guided tour brochure available at the

Mayor's Service Center near the Forbes Avenue side of the building.

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950 Second Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15219, United States

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  • Weekdays 9–4


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Jun 7, 2005

like a castle fort in the middle of 21st century

great example of medieval architecture

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