Places Around Pittsburgh: Some Assembly Required
George 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.