Doors Open Pittsburgh Offers A Nebby Exploration Of Downtown

Sep 30, 2016

Unleash your curious side this weekend and explore some of Pittsburgh’s buildings and churches not usually open to the public.

Doors Open Pittsburgh, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, will give locals access to 39 locations through Downtown and the Strip District.

Organizer Bonnie Baxter said she’s excited for Pittsburghers to see some of the city’s hidden treasures. She found one herself while reaching out to First Presbyterian Church for the event.

The Omni William Penn is one of 39 locations in and around Downtown that will be open to the public this weekend.
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“I was talking to Pastor Tom Hall, he said, ‘You wanna see something really cool?’” she said. “And he went behind the pulpit and there’s a set of oyster shell doors, almost. They’re 30 feet tall, weigh 2 tons … It totally blew me away. I was not expecting that.”

Participants can also get some behind-the-scenes glimpses at other landmark locations, such as the Mayor’s office, Omni William Penn Hotel and Frick Building.

Baxter said Doors Open is a perfect opportunity for locals to take pride in new parts of the city.

“That’s the kind of thing to look forward to in this event,” she said. “Buildings you thought you knew, but you’re going to be given a new experience in. Or buildings that you didn’t know and now you have a reason to come down and explore.”