HISTORY

“Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.”

― Andrew Carnegie

DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3), was founded by native Pittsburgher Bonnie Baxter. Bonnie was inspired to do so after attending a similar event while living in Chicago. She realized that she had neglected to appreciate so many of her hometown buildings–often driving past, walking past, or, worse yet, had no idea they were even there!

She also realized that our buildings contain our City’s history and, for her, the most effective way to understand a City’s history was to be immersed inside these buildings and be provided some unique experiences while inside.

Since 2016, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh has welcomed 18,500+ people into local landmarks, historic, re-imagined or newly built buildings for purposes of igniting appreciation for our architecture, heritage, neighborhoods, and culture.

DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh began celebrating our architecture and history in 2016 with our signature event in Downtown Pittsburgh. During this large-scale event, we open the doors to 50 to 60 buildings in Downtown.  Hundreds of volunteers and thousands of people show up to explore these buildings.

Visitors are offered behind-the-scenes access, a unique experience, or just the opportunity to explore.

Since 2019, we have expanded our programming to include Bus Tours, Guided Walking Tours, Neighborhood Walking Tours, Insider Tours and Virtual Storytelling—venturing into neighborhoods beyond Downtown.

We invite you to join us!

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