Pittsburgh Scenes

Featured here is my collection of Pittsburgh drawings and the prominent architectural buildings and historical landmarks of the Steel City. Scroll down the page and click on the exclusive edition of Pittsburgh scenes pen & ink architectural illustration thumbnail images below in order to see the enlarged detailed original version. The Steel City Artist watermark will not appear on your print(s) and each pen & ink illustration is personally signed and titled. The pen & ink architectural illustrations are available as archival giclee prints in the sizes featured below. The original Pittsburgh scenes illustrations are available for anyone to purchase who may be interested, which are professionally framed and matted in black & gold.

Purchase any (2) 8×10 or (1) 11×14 Pittsburgh themed giclee print(s) and receive a free print with your order!

City of Pittsburgh

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

City of Pittsburgh “Golden Triangle”

Pittsburgh is characterized by the shape of the city’s downtown and majestic skyline known as the Golden Triangle which forms a triangular tract. The Allegheny & Monongahela rivers carve at both sides of the city and converge at the Point to form the Ohio River. Pittsburgh is known as the City of Steel & the City of Bridges.

“Each time I look at your illustrations hanging in my home, I am in awe that you complete these with no more than some ink and a straight edge. The passion you put into each work is evident in the beautiful details. As a former Pittsburgher, looking at your prints bring back many fond memories for me and I have bought several prints for family members who have also moved away so that they can be reminded of their own memories of Pittsburgh. I love seeing your new creations on your website and will be purchasing many more prints for Christmas presents this year. I tell anyone who is looking for a special, yet unique Pittsburgh gift to view your website, and they never go away disappointed. Best wishes for continued success Charles!”

Kyra Gallik-Bell – Burlington, VT

 

 

Consol Energy Center

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Consol Energy Center

Pittsburgh, PA

Consol Energy Center serves as the home of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. Construction of the Consol Energy Center was completed on August 1, 2010 and replaced the Penguins’ former home, Mellon Arena. The arena is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified arena in the NHL. In October, 2016 the Consol Energy Center was renamed the PPG Paints Arena.

Joseph Horne Co.

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Joseph Horne Co. Christmas Tree

Pittsburgh, PA

The Joseph Horne Co. was an iconic regional department store founded by Joseph Horne. In 1849, Horne’s began operations as the Joseph Horne Co. after he bought the Eaton Co. It became the first department store in the city’s downtown and remained so until the founding of Kaufmann’s in 1871. In 1879, a new seven-story landmark building was built at Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street in downtown Pittsburgh. The lighting of the six-story Christmas tree has been a long held family tradition along with their holiday themed window displays. The tree is still lit annually as part of Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night. Horne’s ceased operation in 1994 after being merged with the Lazarus division of Federated Department Stores Inc. At the time of its closure, it was one of the oldest department stores in the country.

“Congratulations on your new website, Charles! What a beautiful tribute of your love for our city through your amazing artwork. Anyone looking for the perfect gift need not look any further. Buy a print from Steel City Artist and share the love of Pittsburgh with family and friends! Best Wishes!”

Jennifer Melnick Carota – Belle Vernon, PA

Heinz Field

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Heinz Field

Pittsburgh, PA

Heinz Field is a stadium which serves as the home of the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers & NCAA Pittsburgh Panthers football teams. The stadium opened in 2001 and is named for the H.J. Heinz Company.

Smithfield Street Bridge

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Smithfield Street Bridge

Pittsburgh, PA

The Smithfield Street Bridge is a lenticular truss bridge which crosses the Monongahela River between downtown Pittsburgh & the Shoppes at Station Square. The bridge was designed by Gustav Lindenthal, who also designed the Hell Gate Bridge and it was built between 1881-83. The second bridge model was designed by John A. Roebling who famously designed the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a National Historic Civic Engineering Landmark.

Monongahela Incline

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Monongahela Incline

Pittsburgh, PA

The Monongahela Incline located near the Shoppes of Station Square is the oldest continuously operating funicular in the United States as is the nearby Duquesne Incline with its signature red and yellow colors. The incline was built in 1870 by civil engineer, John J. Endres and was used to transport steelworkers and those who worked on the rivers up and down Mt. Washington. Pittsburgh’s expanding industrial base created a huge demand for labor, attracting mainly German immigrants to the region with the surge of immigrants. This created a housing shortage as industry occupied most of the flat lands near the rivers, leaving only the steep hillsides of Mt. Washington, known as “Coal Hill”. Travel between the hills and other areas was hindered by a lack of good roadways. The German immigrants remembered the sielbahns (cable cars) of their former country and proposed the construction of inclines, which at one time numbered seventeen in the city. The incline is still in operation by the Port Authority of Allegheny County who oversees Pittsburgh’s transit system.

Pennsylvania & Lake Erie Railroad Terminal

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

Pennsylvania & Lake Erie Railroad Terminal

Pittsburgh, PA

The P & LE Railroad was formed in 1875 by Pittsburgh businessman William McCreery. The company headquarters and terminal were located in Pittsburgh near the Shoppes of Station Square. P & LE served the steel mills of Pittsburgh by transporting raw materials for industry such as steel, coal, coke, iron ore & limestone. Architecturally, it is one of the most structural and ornate buildings in the city. It is home to the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation founded by Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr. who conceptualized the development for Station Square. The concourse of the terminal was converted into the elegant five-star Grand Concourse restaurant and features many unique shops. In 1979, Station Square was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Heinz Memorial Chapel

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Heinz Memorial Chapel

Pittsburgh, PA

The Heinz Memorial Chapel was a gift from H.J. Heinz in honor of his mother to the University of Pittsburgh. It is a neo-gothic chapel designed by Charles Klauder and built between 1933-38 in the French Gothic Revival style.

Three Rivers Stadium

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Three Rivers Stadium

Pittsburgh, PA

Three Rivers Stadium was a multipurpose stadium which was home to both the Pittsburgh Steelers & Pirates from 1970-2000. It was at this stadium that fans witnessed Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit & Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception.

Mellon Arena

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Mellon Arena

Pittsburgh, PA

Mellon Arena is formerly known as the Civic Arena and was the home of the four time Stanley Cup champion NHL Pittsburgh Penguins. The arena was constructed in 1961 for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra and was the world’s first sports stadium with a retractable roof.

PNC Park - "Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates"

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

PNC Park

Pittsburgh, PA

PNC Park is the home of the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates and opened in 2001.

“Charles, your work is incredible! I consider you to be the finest pen and ink artist in the city and quite possibly, the country. The meticulous details contained in your drawings continually amaze me. I am proud to call you a friend and consider you the greatest Pittsburgh artist and illustrator. God has truly blessed you with some remarkable talent!”

Larry Klukaszewski – Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University Chapel

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Duquesne University Chapel

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University is a private catholic university founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in 1878. The university is often ranked as one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

University of Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning

Oakland, PA

The Cathedral of Learning is the centerpiece on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. It is the tallest educational building in the western hemisphere standing at 535 ft. The structure was designed in the Late Gothic Revival style by architect, Charles Klauder in 1926.

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Carnegie Mellon University, Hamerschlag Hall

Oakland, PA

Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university established in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie. The university formed when the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research.

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Penn State University Old Main

State College, PA

“Old Main” is the main building on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. It was designed by Hugh McAllister and completed during the American Civil War in 1863.

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

West Virginia University Old Main, Woodburn Hall

Morgantown, WV

Woodburn Hall is the centerpiece of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. The building was designed by Charles Kemble in the Second Empire style.

Greater Pittsburgh International Airport

Greater Pittsburgh International Airport

Pittsburgh, PA

8×10
Giclee Print

$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print

$45.00
By the 1940’s, the United States was becoming involved in World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt began the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and saw that the Pittsburgh area needed an airport to defend the industrial wealth of the region and to provide a military training base. The airport was designed by local architect, Joseph W. Hoover and opened on May 31, 1952. The terminal was designed in the International Style and constructed in stepped levels with exposed steel, concrete and glass. One of the most memorable features of the lobby was a large compass laid in the floor with green and yellow-orange terrazzo. The airport closed on October 1, 1992 as the new Midfield Terminal was opened nearby. The airport housed operational offices until it was demolished in 1999.

J & L Pittsburgh Works Steel Mill

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

J & L Pittsburgh Works Steel Mill

Pittsburgh, PA

Jones & Laughlin formed their steel enterprise in 1861 along the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. The company first produced iron followed by the production of steel in 1886. The steelworkers of western Pennsylvania transformed the Pittsburgh region into the “Steel Capital of the World” through their American pride and hard work ethic which were passed on through the generations. The city of Pittsburgh skyline can be seen in the background of this illustration. My grandfather, John Filip worked in this steel mill for over forty years retiring as a blast furnace foreman.

Featured below is a story I wrote on my blog about Pittsburgh’s steelworkers with a link to a tribute page I created honoring the steelworkers & World War II veterans of western Pennsylvania. I have always had a passion for American and military history which ties in with my illustrations. I also had the honor of serving as a volunteer with a group of Pittsburgh businessmen who organized bus trips for the WWII veterans of the Pittsburgh area so that they could visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Western Pennsylvania Steelworkers & World War II Veterans Tribute

Conway Yards

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Conway Yards

Conway, PA

Conway Yards is the site of a major railroad classification yard and locomotive facility owned by Norfolk Southern and inherited from Conrail. The massive site was developed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and at one time was the world’s largest complex. In my hometown there is a bridge which leads from the main road down to the railroad tracks. I have many childhood memories of standing on that bridge with my father and brother watching the trains go by and skipping rocks down on the banks of the Ohio River. Engineers took great pride in driving those locomotives as they blared their horns passing from underneath. The sight of cabooses from the tail end of the train is a rare sight as well these days.

J & L Aliquippa Works Steel Mill

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

J & L Aliquippa Works Steel Mill

Aliquippa, PA

In 1905, the Jones & Laughlin steel company, known regionally as J & L opened a steel plant in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Ohio River. It was a sprawling mill which extended for a few miles from one end to the other. J & L provided the most able competition to its rival, Carnegie Steel Co. Employment at the facility once boomed with employment reaching nearly 27,000 in 1940. During the 1980’s, the mill closed with the collapse of the steel industry.

"Coal Barge Floating Down the Ohio River"

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

“Coal Barge Floating Down the Ohio River”

Coal barges are a typical scene navigating on the waterways throughout western Pennsylvania. The illustration features the Beaver Bridge which is a rail bridge spanning the Ohio River between the towns of Beaver and Monaca, Pennsylvania in Beaver County. The bridge was designed by Albert Lucius and built by the McClintic-Marshall Company of Pittsburgh between 1908-10 for the Pennsylvania & Lake Erie Railroad and is presently owned by CSX Transportation. The bridge is located approximately ten miles down the river from my hometown of Baden, Pennsylvania.

 

 

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