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f2.jpgGeorge B. Post’s Bank of Pittsburgh (1895) adhered to the Temple of Finance cliché in full, with a hexastyle Corinthian order boldly confronting Fourth Avenue. When the bank as a whole came down in 1944, replaced by nothing more than a parking lot, the architect Edward F. Griffith prevailed on the lot owner to let the colonnade and the façade behind it stand. Around 1960, the opportunity for re-use came, and Griffith and another architect, Maximilian Nirdlinger, acted. The elements were erected as a hypaethral tholos (a temple round and roofless) at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. The old bank doorway admits you, and above rise the columns and some wall elements.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633