Sunday, June 21, 2020

Photo of the Day: African Heritage Room, Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh PA

Previously, I posted about the Irish and Turkish Heritage rooms in the Cathedral of Learning, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. But the African Heritage Room, which I photographed during my same vacation in Pittsburgh last October, is equally striking.

This classroom, created by architect William J.Bates, was dedicated in 1989. It represents the central courtyard of an Asante temple from the late 1700s. Note especially the oxblood steps, two levels of student benches, and wainscot with relief decorations, as well as six chieftain stools that provide informal seating near a hand-carved professor's lectern.

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