Monday, March 27, 2017

That's so Pittsburgh: Banks

You might think of Pittsburgh as nothing but a (recovering) steel town, but it fact it has a strong finance culture. PNC (Pittsburgh National Corporation) leads the way, but it is not alone. There are banks all over town, some of which are still operating as financial institutions. (Others are now a hotel, a call center, an office building and university library.) This is the pompous facade of the Dollar Savings Bank, founded in 1856 and built in 1870. The edifice is in such contrast to the idea of a "dollar savings bank" for the common man. I can just imagine the self-satisfied speeches given on the grand opening way back then.

Other Pittsburgh institutions include hills, hospitals, churches, and cemeteries.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't even notice the lion(s) at first, but here's a piece about them:


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