the Nationality Rooms
of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
the University of Pittsburgh's Chancellor John G. Bowman had the 42-story
Cathedral of Learning built in the 1920s and 1930s, he invited the ethnic
groups of Pittsburgh to participate in a novel way: by sponsoring and
building classrooms that represent their cultures at their highest level
of achievement in authentic styles and materials.
dedicated volunteers for each of the original Nationality Rooms raised
money to pay for these unique contributions to a university they hoped
would someday educate their children and grandchildren. Help came from
overseas as word spread about these rooms and some governments even provided
architects, artists, and materials to make certain their rooms were of
the highest quailty and authentic to their traditions.
were completed between 1938 and 1957 -- they surround the Commons Room
on the Cathedral's first floor. Seven more rooms were dedicated between
1987 and 2000. Four more are in the proposal stage. The newer rooms are
being built on the third floor. All are symbols of the cultural diversity
of our region and the richness that every culture contributes to the mix.
Early American Room
Austrian Nationality Room
Israel Heritage Classroom
Japanese Nationality Room
schedule a tour of the Nationality Rooms, call 412-624-6000.
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