At least once every semester, I enroll in a course that happens to be held at the Frick Fine Arts Building. It is truly an intricate building that is sometimes forgotten about in the shadow of the Cathedral.
This building houses The University of Pittsburgh’s History of Art and Architecture Department and has an exterior mimicking the Italian Renaissance architecture. It also features an unexpected cloister-style inner courtyard filled with greenspace for students to sit in between classes.
It was designed by Burton Kenneth Johnstone Associates and modeled after Pope Julius III’s Villa Giulia in Rome, Italy.
Hayley Pontia is a student at The University of Pittsburgh who works as a free-lancer for Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Through this blog series, she will share her unique perspective on our historic building and the surrounding architecture of nearby buildings in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh.