Thursday, June 1, 2017

Doors Open Pittsburgh:Provides Access to a Collection of Iconic Buildings and Spaces

At the Union Trust Building 

Looking for something interesting and unique to do on October 7 and 8? Check out the second annual Doors Open Pittsburgh which will expand into the Northside and the Strip District in 2017.

For the inaugural event last year, over 4,000 people visited 39 buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

This two-day event is open to the public, who are encouraged to bring their curiosity as they are invited to explore and experience a collection of iconic buildings and cool spaces first-hand.

“DOP gives you a reason to explore buildings that you may never have been in, heard about or thought you knew.  We want you to be nebby!” says Bonnie Baxter, founder of Doors Open Pittsburgh.

The collection will include some of our city’s great landmarks, including office buildings, private clubs, houses of worship, government offices, theaters, hotels, artist spaces and residential buildings that contribute to our City’s heritage and rich architectural landscape.

In 2016 this list included the Mayor’s Office, The Pennsylvanian, Allegheny HYP Club, Union Trust and Heinz Hall – all provided some degree of behind-the-scenes or unique experiences.

Doors Open Pittsburgh 2017 will open approximately 60 buildings across the three neighborhoods.  2017 buildings include County Courthouse, Koppers Building, Nova Place, Bogg’s Mansion, Allegheny General Hospital.  The total list will be announced in August.

Attendees simply create their own itinerary form the 2017 Building list posted on the DOP website, buy tickets and show up!  Reservations are not required at the buildings.

Once at a building, attendees will be greeted, present their ticket and then be provided a semi-guided or fully-guided tour experience.

Ready to Tour the Dollar Bank Building
Something new this year will be the “Insider Tours,”  led by an expert guide.  The Insider Tours will also take place during the Doors Open Pittsburgh weekend and will be announced on the Doors Open Pittsburgh website in mid-August.

Check out to learn more about the event, see the list of participating buildings and to buy tickets (Children under 18 and Senior 65+ are free – registration is required).

ABOUT DOORS OPEN PITTSBURGH: Doors Open Pittsburgh is the brainchild of Bonnie Baxter, who was inspired to create this event in her native Pittsburgh after attending the Open House Chicago event while living in Chicago for a handful of years.

Doors Open Pittsburgh is an annual two-day event that provides access to explore and experience a collection of iconic buildings in select neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

Doors Open Pittsburgh, Inc. (501c3), presents Doors Open Pittsburgh, in cooperation with the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, AIA Pittsburgh (A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects) and Visit Pittsburgh.

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