Oakland Modern: An Afternoon Walking Tour of Oakland's Modern and Brutalist Architecture

In-person tour

135 N Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Pittsburgh Modern Committee is pleased to invite you join us for an open-air, autumn afternoon walking tour of modern & brutalist architecture throughout Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh campus.

We'll explore more than ten sites designed during a span of over ten years, between 1962 and 1978.

For those who prefer to explore this intriguing neighborhood virtually ... look forward to our subsequent release of an online gallery of all sites, related reading recommendations, and digitized archival material!

1970s architecture is turning FIFTY. We're proud to be a part of Docomomo US National Tour Day 2020, devoted to the appreciation of modern architecture in the United States. We join the organization and participants around the country in exploring this year's theme, the 1970s turn 50. 


In-person walking tour
Saturday October 17, 2020
Two tours at 11 am and 2 pm
Limit 10 guests per tour, advance registration required

+++ Participants are asked to please wear a mask for the duration of the guided walk, which will consist of exterior sites only. Safety guidelines and a basic waiver will be provided to guests upon registration. (Heavy) Rain Date: October 18th - Registered guests will be notified by 9am on October 17th in the case of a reschedule for any reason. +++

With registration/donation, guests will be automatically entered to win a copy of Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of the Pittsburgh Renaissance (The Monacelli Press, 2019). Through original documentation, photographs and drawings, as well as essays, analytical drawings, and interviews with participants, authors Rami el Samahy, Chris Grimley and Michael Kubo explore Pittsburgh’s ambitious modern architecture and urban renewal program that made it a gem of American postwar cities, and set the stage for its stature today. You may also purchase the book for $35 when registering for the tour. Proceeds will be received as a donation supporting the work of Preservation Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Modern Committee.

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