A connoisseurs’ trip to Pittsburgh

May 24, 2011

Historic New England’s Appleton Circle members recently traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Accompanied by Historic New England President Carl Nold, who, as former director of The State Museum of Pennsylvania, is knowledgeable about the region, the group experienced the twentieth-century cultural renaissance of the city once singularly associated with steel mills. The nation’s notable industrialists-turned-philanthropists played major roles in shaping Pittsburgh, including Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, H.J. Heinz, Andrew Mellon, and George Westinghouse. They enlisted prominent American architects such as H.H. Richardson, Benno Janssen, and Frank Lloyd Wright to help design their city.

Over a four-day period, twenty Appleton Circle members visited local institutions including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Frick Art and Historical Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Participants journeyed through the Allegheny Mountains to the homes designed by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Travelers also had the rare opportunity to view collections at three private homes not typically open to the public.

In addition to experiencing superb dining at local restaurants, travelers enjoyed a spring lunch at the historic Duquesne Club, founded in 1873 and formerly patronized by Carnegie, Frick, Mellon, and other members of Pittsburgh’s prominent society. Appleton Circle members stayed at the newly opened Fairmont Pittsburgh, a gold-level certified LEED building.

Historic New England’s patron-level travel programs explore arts and culture through privileged visits to museums, private homes, and collectors, and the study of great architecture, landscapes, and objects that inspired American homes. Domestic and international travel opportunities are offered as an exclusive benefit of Appleton Circle membership