18 July 2011

Pretty Places

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has wonderful exhibits, but is also visually pleasing to walk around.  I snapped a few shots of the museum itself, because it reminded me of glory days gone by.

Gorgeous grand staircases with columns, ironwork, and marble.  Wonderful carvings at the base and stunning lamps that make a statement all on their own.

The Museum was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1896 and I think some of the workmanship shows the "Victorian Era" as interpreted by a growing city of Pittsburgh at that time.  It remains one of the leading museums in the US.

All lovely venues must have a gilded elevator, right?

The detail and relief on these doors and the steel doors that enter the museum is so impressive.  I'm sure people wondered why I was staring at the doors, but not going into the elevator!

And then I did.

So I could go up to the top and get this view one last time before leaving.

I'm pretty sure I would have been happy during this era...well maybe not the heavy dresses and limited options for women part, but I could have really rocked a party in a place like this!



The Shades of Pink said...

SO pretty! I'll have to read more thoroughly to see where you are!

The Shades of Pink said...

(see now, your pretty pictures sidetracked me so much I skipped the sentences stating where you were! LOL DUH!)

texwisgirl said...

very ornate.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is a lovely place! On our 'to -be-visited-list (well, the whole city really)...

I loved your last comment - I have enjoyed so many lovely museums and tour homes, thinking about how fun it would have beenl iving in that era -- and then remembering the downsides that you mention.

Ashley Sisk said...

I love that you even photographed the elevator. :)

Denise said...

I love these places to walk around. Your photos are wonderful!