DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh celebrates Pittsburgh’s unique architecture and history by providing in-person historical tours and virtual storytelling inside iconic buildings and cool new spaces–something no other organization offers. Our behind-the-scenes approach enhances the positive perception of, and economic investment in Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods. Those who attend DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh events increase their appreciation of our heritage and architectural assets, which in turn generates increased positive perceptions of our City.
Many of the participating buildings/spaces represent local businesses and community organizations, including many that are overlooked in mainstream tourist offerings. Our events showcase these local businesses and organizations, drawing attention to the cultural vibrancy of Pittsburgh’s many neighborhoods.
The DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh Annual Event was voted #1 City Tour by readers of the City Paper in 2020!
Here is some of the positive community impact of our Annual Event, as told by our 2020 attendees:
- 25.8% said that their opinion of Downtown and/or the North Side has improved because of their experience at DOP 2020.
- 60.6% are “very likely” to return to Downtown and/or the Northside because of their experience at DOP 2020.
- A total of $21,269 spent in the local community while attending DOP 2020.
Comments from Pittsburgh stakeholders and nebbiest citizens:
“This fantastic event allows Pittsburghers the rare opportunity to appreciate the magnificent architecture throughout our city. Pittsburgh is lucky to have such a wonderful and diverse collection of buildings, and DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh reminds us all to look up and enjoy it.”
— Mayor Bill Peduto, City of Pittsburgh
“DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh is a fantastic event that provides opportunities to explore areas of Downtown Pittsburgh that are not always available to an average visitor. From residential properties, to backstage and behind-the-scenes experiences, to the number of people who are curious about exploring Downtown, it has very quickly become a much-anticipated event that piques curiosity and brings thousands of visitors to our neighborhood. We are always pleased to partner with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh and are excited about the new programming they are developing.”
— Jeremy Waldrup, President/CEO, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
“It is thrilling to participate in DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh every year. We are all about getting Pittsburghers through our doors to experience quality arts and entertainment offerings and DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh allows us to showcase our historic theaters and spaces as destinations in and of themselves to entirely new audiences.”
— Marc Fleming, Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Broadway Programming, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
“VisitPITTSBURGH is proud to partner with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh on what has become a fantastic annual event for the city. It provides the public an opportunity to explore Pittsburgh’s most historic and iconic buildings throughout Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. And allows us another opportunity to promote Pittsburgh to visitors and locals, alike.”
— Kristin Wenger, Communications Director, VisitPITTSBURGH
Comments from some of our 15,000+ visitors since 2016:
“I would never have had access without DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh. I learned and shared with others after the event. My perception of Downtown Pittsburgh improved because of this experience.”
— Facebook comment
“I enjoyed learning the history and being able to explore the buildings. It makes me want to learn more and visit downtown more often.”
— Facebook comment
“We enjoyed walking around the city. There were buildings we saw on our walk we [have] never seen before. I [have] lived here my whole life…”
— Anonymous, 2019 event survey
“I work downtown and have passed by many of these buildings, but Saturday was the first time I’ve ever been inside them. The architecture in Pittsburgh is some of the most beautiful anywhere. I’m looking forward to attending next year.”
— D. Shean, Facebook
“What a gem! My husband and I had a great time. I see this as a great opportunity to open all aspects of Pittsburgh government, culture, and business to “ordinary” residents, especially children, which is transformative!”
— A. DeGregorgio, Facebook
“Such a fabulous event. Spent the past two days touring sites of Pittsburgh and the North Side that I [have] never seen in my life here as a Pittsburgher. Enjoyed it with the company of great friends and wonderful, knowledgeable and of course friendly volunteers at every site. What an amazing event, showcasing our area and generating interest and revenue for local establishments…Already planning for next year for the sites we didn’t have time for this year.”
— E. Davis, Facebook
“The most beautiful architecture one can see of old and new buildings. I recommend taking the tour for families and people of all ages. You will come away with an education concerning the buildings and the people of Pittsburgh.”
— Island008, Trip Advisor
“We loved it! 2019 was our first DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, despite being Pittsburghers all of our lives. It will not be our last! We marveled at the beauty of the churches and the incredible architecture and history of the Downtown buildings from the age of Frick and Mellon…”
— Bellinismom, Trip Advisor