ELEGANCE...

ENTRY ROOMS OF HEINZ HALL, PITTSBURGH PA

 

Carl and I did a wedding here July 19, 2008. Well, it was going to be IN here

if it rained, but as it was a blazingly sunny 94 degrees, the wedding was just

out the doors on the right in the Garden Plaza of Heinz Hall. But before the

wedding I had a chance to wander about with my camera, thinking how very

opposite this place is from my last-made webpage of the old barns. I opened

the doors to the actual Hall itself, but all the lights were out so I couldn't get

any pictures of it. So these are limited to the lobby and entry areas of the Hall.

The last time Carl and I were here was for The Ten Tenors, who were marvelous.

The Hall is the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and was built in

1927, closed in '64, renovated and reopened in '71. It has 2,661 seats and do I

ever wish I had pictures of the main part to share with you. The renovation

kept the original French Court style. So...here's what I saw as I wandered about.

Keep in mind, these are just the entrance rooms...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is in the basement, just outside the women's bathroom. As is the light

in the picture below.

 

 

 

These are some of the doors that lead into the main Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Garden Plaza, set up for the wedding we were doing. The water sculpture

is called "Quartet" and the four levels of it tip and sway and empty their water into

the lower levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I looked for a long time at these 3 windows on the side of the Plaza, all in a row. I know

there's a poem there somewhere, so I saved them for future reference.

I also took a lot of pictures from the Plaza of the PPG building to add to my My Love

Affair With A Building album. (here)

 

 

The reception was at PNC Park, the home of the Pirates. It was in a glassed in area just behind where I

was standing to take this shot looking back across the Allegheny River towards the city. The 3 yellow

bridges are known jointly as the 'three sisters'.

 

 

Completely empty but for the wedding guests behind me.

 

 

As we left, I took this view of the stadium out the car window.

 

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