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Allegheny County Courthouse

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Address: 5th Ave. and Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA
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+1 412-350-5313

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Historic functioning court house

Google this attraction for the history and gaze at the WPA frescos, or watch a trial. All can be done.

Reviewed 1 March 2017
John R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Google this attraction for the history and gaze at the WPA frescos, or watch a trial. All can be done.

Thank John R
Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Count the arches, if you dare! We are so fortunate here in in Pittsburgh to have Henry Hobson Richardson's masterpiece, an edifice replicated-in part across the country. Big stones, arches, architectural details recalling Italian buildings, arches, towers, arches, courtyards, arches - this is a magnificent structure! Visit if you dare.

Thank Tim M
Carthage, New York
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Such an interesting building located in the center of downtown Pittsburgh. H.H.Richardson's architecture is evident when viewing the beautiful work of the courthouse. A must-see when visiting Pittsburgh.

Thank Global176
Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Title says it all! The staff of the Allegheny County Courthouse is extremely professional yet friendly and helpful. The facility is quite large and can be confusing if you aren't entirely sure where you are going; there is always someone willing to help. There is a nice cafe for your visit is a long one. Restrooms are clean and centrally... More 

Thank Le a
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

These are extra-ordinary Richardsonian buildings. The Courthouse is splendid but in great need of repair inside. It is looking old and shabby. The old jail has been completely modernized inside (but maintains a small original portion for visitors and historians to visit). Both are worth visiting.

Thank Peggy F
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

The Allegheny County Courthouse is a perfect example of an H. H. Richardson Romanesque architecture. Fans of his works will want to add the Allegheny Courthouse to their bucket list. It's a massive stone building with a picturesque center courtyard with a fountain. We took a tour and saw the murals and the stonework inside. We also saw the jail... More 

Thank James S
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 16 August 2015

When you first see the building, you will be really impressed with its "strength". The fact that it is still a working courthouse is also very interesting. Call first, but if you are able to tour the inside, it is fascinating.

Thank Allen21096
Mars, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Thus facility is terribly old and full of grumpy people. Parking is poor and very expensive in and around

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Set right in downtown Pittsburgh on Grant Street, this stone romanesque gem, designed in the 19th century by HH Richardson is strongly worth a visit. Check the inside for the medieval style stair cases and don't forget to see the Bridge of Sighs between the court house and the old Allegheny County Jail.

Thank Lanxlad
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Reviewed 2 July 2015

My husband loves visiting prisons, so he was really keen to visit here. Although the jail part is only small, the knowledge of the guides was amazing, and certainly worth visiting to hear the history of the building and the city. Would definitely stop by if your are in the city..

Thank Tina J

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