The Ewart Building, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

EwartBldg2.jpg (17807 bytes)The Ewart Building is a remnant of the architectural school that produced the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail. It is located at Liberty Avenue and Seventh Street, in the cultural district of Pittsburgh.

The Ewart is a historic building in a district designated as such by the National Register of Historic Places. It is an example of the Richardson Romanesque style of architecture popular in the late-1800s. Romanesque features round arches, intricate ornamental carvings, high roofs and rock-faced stone facades that are rough to the touch.

The architect was Henry Hobson Richardson. The building was one of the country's first modern office buildings, combining Classical and Romantic styles. It was also one of the first American buildings to use electricity.

The Ewart Building opened in 1891 as the headquarters of Samuel Ewart & Company, Wholesale Grocers, when the Romanesque movement was at the height of its fashion.

Based on an article by Dan Fitzpatrick in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette dated 6 April 1998, with additional information from Bill Baker

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