The second annual Open Doors Pittsburgh to highlight 69 buildings throughout Downtown, Northside and the Strip District.
Open Doors is hitting the Northside for first time this weekend. The annual event offers residents and visitors alike a chance to explore multiple historic and modern buildings within various neighborhoods across the city.
“The event has something for everyone,” said Open Doors Pittsburgh creator, Bonnie Baxter. “You don’t have to be a historian or professional architect to enjoy it.”
Baxter first learned about the concept during a visit to Chicago where participants were offered a chance to explore their city in a casual, walkable environment, seeing buildings and portions of their neighborhoods in a whole new light. Baxter immediately fell in love with the idea and “wanted to bring it back home.”
Last year she organized the first annual Doors Open Pittsburgh showcasing 39 buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh. This year the event will be expanding to include Downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District and the Northside with 69 buildings in total.
When asked about the inclusion of the Northside locations Baxter explained that after reviewing 600 responses from a volunteer survey from last year’s event, an overwhelming demand to see locations in both Northside and Strip District, was made clear.
This year 23 Northside buildings throughout the Allegheny West, Allegheny City Central, Allegheny Central, Historic and East Deutschtown, North Shore, Sprig Garden and Troy Hill neighborhoods will be featured.
Doors Open Pittsburgh begins on Saturday, October 7 and runs through Sunday, October 8. Tickets can only be purchased online and are required for entry to all buildings.
Below is a list of the 23 participating Northside buildings and their respective show times.
- Allegheny General Hospital, 320 E. North Ave. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Alphabet City and City of Asylum, 40 W. North Ave. – Sat. & Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Blacksmith Studio, 900 Middle St. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Boggs Mansion, 604 W. North Ave. – Sat. & Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Byers Hall, 901 Ridge Ave. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- DesignGroup, 1 Allegheny Sq. Nova Tower One – Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- First National Bank, 100 Federal St. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Free Carnegie Library, 6 Allegheny Sq. East – Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Heniz at 950 North Shore Apartments, 950 Progress St. – Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, 422 Foreland St. – Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Jones Hall, 808 Ridge Ave. – Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Mattress Factory, 505 Jacksonia St. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Sq. East – Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Nova Place, Allegheny Center 100 South Commons – Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- NRG Energy Center of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Center 111 South Commons – Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial St. – Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Priory Hotel, 614 Pressley St. – Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Smith Brothers Building, 116 Federal St. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Teutonia Männerchor, 857 Phineas St. – Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Elks Lodge, 400 Cedar Ave. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden, 1055 Spring Garden Ave. – Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- William Penn Synder Home & Babb Insurance, 850 Ridge Ave. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.