This customized National Trust tour highlights the exceptional art and architecture of nearby Pittsburgh—a rare 21st-century “Rust Belt” success story. Pittsburgh was the unquestioned steel capital of the world for most of the 20th century, and the resulting wealth produced a great cultural heritage with impressive architecture from the late 1800s and early 1900s still surviving. Even when the American steel industry collapsed in the 1970s and 1980s, Pittsburgh managed to reinvent and position itself as a leader in scientific and medical research. The result is a surprisingly young and vibrant city, with new architecture also worth discovering. The itinerary features Andrew Carnegie’s iconic libraries and grandiose museums, the home and art collection of his business partner Henry Clay Frick, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater and Kentucky Knob.
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- Sep 17, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019
With a blend of classic elegance and modern sophistication, the renowned Omni William Penn Hotel has served as Pittsburgh’s premier hotel since 1916. This historic hotel features 597 beautifully appointed guestrooms including 38 suites, 52,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and five dining options. The hotel boasts two self-contained conference centers, beauty salon, gift shop, and a jewelry store.
The hotel was designed by renowned Architects Benno Janssen, and Franklin Abbott. It was the last building venture of Henry Clay Frick, one of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest industrialists, and completed at a cost of six million dollars. Frick envisioned the William Penn as Pittsburgh’s showplace, designed to rival the great hotels of Europe in Old World style, and with the sophisticated technology offered by the twentieth century. The initial phase of the hotel included 1,000 guestrooms, and an elegant two-tier Grand Ballroom located on the 17th floor. In 1928, construction of the Grant Street Annex addition commenced. Completed in 1929 it added an additional 600 guestrooms as well as the crowning jewel, the Urban Room, designed by Joseph Urban. With this addition, the William Penn became the largest hotel between Pittsburgh and Chicago, and a major convention facility for Pittsburgh.
From the early days to present time, the Omni William Penn Hotel continues to hold the stature of Pittsburgh’s “Grande Dame”, and the hotel’s roots in the city remain well grounded. The hotel continues to be a favorite among Pittsburgh’s social scene, and remains a favorite of many dignitaries, movie stars, and important leaders in business and government.
Every seated president since Theodore Roosevelt has visited the hotel, including President Barack Obama.
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