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Allegheny General Hospital

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1929–1936, York and Sawyer. 320 E. North Ave.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

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.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.



  • 1929


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Allegheny General Hospital", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 95-95.

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