Take a Tour: Admire Downtown's Striking Architecture
Join the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation next Friday for an hourlong walk focused on downtown's most beautiful structures.
If you’ve ever walked downtown and found yourself stopping to take in the beauty of the Omni William Penn Hotel or marveling at famed architect H.H. Richardson’s Romanesque Revival design for the Allegheny County Courthouse, this tour is for you.
On Friday, May 1, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will offer a noontime, one-hour walking tour of the major historic buildings and modern skyscrapers along Grant Street.
There’s no doubt why Grant Street is considered Pittsburgh’s “showcase” thoroughfare. The bevy of beautiful buildings on the tour includes the previously mentioned Allegheny County Courthouse and Omni William Penn Hotel, as well as the City-County Building, Frick Building and the Union Trust Building. Participants also will take in the views from two urban spaces: Mellon Green and Mellon Square.
The tour is free, but advance reservations are appreciated. To reserve your spot, contact Mary Lu Denny at the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation by phone at 412/471-5808, ext. 527 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
meet the designer
A graduate of LaRoche College with a degree in interior design, Cathy Davin has been working in the interior design industry for more than 25 years. Today, she is the owner and principal of Davin Interiors in Mt. Lebanon, where she says she and her team strive to find “joy in creating beauty.”
What’s your design aesthetic?
We give great consideration on how we want to feel in a space and generally lean toward fresh, upbeat color schemes.
What’s the best way to update a room?
If you want a refresh without a complete redo, I suggest taking everything out of the room and putting back only what you need and love.
Consider rearranging existing furnishings and a change of paint color for a totally new feel. Then, add accessories, toss pillows, plants or lamps in up-to-date colors and styles. Most of us have way too much “stuff” in our rooms. It’s best to pare down and give ourselves room to breathe!
What’s your favorite design element or piece?
My favorite design elements are light and color. They completely change the feel of a space. If they are great, the space is great. If they are off, the space doesn’t feel right, regardless of how perfect everything else might be.
news + events
Nothing says spring quite like daffodils. Enjoy a tour of Joe Hamm’s daffodil gardens, which take place daily (for free!) throughout April. Hamm is known as the “Daffodil Man,” and his garden — which features more than 50 beds of 2,000 different daffodil cultivars and more than 30,000 blooms — is the only American Daffodil Society-recognized garden in western Pennsylvania.
An ADS-approved juried daffodil show will take place at Hamm’s Buffalo Village farm from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26.
(99 Maple Road Buffalo Village, Washington; 724/345-3762)
Find something unique for your home at the North Hills Art Center’s Shades of Spring Craft Show. Featuring more than 30 local and regional artists — including their handmade jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery and more — the free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturday now until May 9.
Proceeds from the show benefit art programs for children at the North Hills Art Center.
(3432 Babcock Blvd., Ross Township; 412/364-3622, northhillsartcenter.com)