The seventeen-story Art Deco tower of this 724-bed hospital building is topped by a penthouse in the guise of a Greek temple. Illuminated at night, it can be seen from many parts of town—Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield is the best viewing point—as a floating mirage. The same talent for combining function and fantasy emerges in the vaulted Byzantine-influenced entrance portico internally, which is supported on slender red and gray alternating granite columns with terra-cotta capitals. The numerous arches of the brick corbel table are filled with sculpted reliefs of major figures in the history of medicine.
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Allegheny General Hospital
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