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The Cathedral Collection

The heart and soul of the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus is the Cathedral of Learning. With its majestic melding of late gothic revival architecture and modern skyscraper technology, it stands as a soaring reminder to the University community and its visitors of the importance of tradition and the possibilities born of innovation.

In 1937, Chancellor John Bowman dedicated the Cathedral of Learning to the University of Pittsburgh. Seventy-five years later, this iconic symbol of the University stands as a visual reminder of the Pitt experience: excellence, tradition, scholarship and innovation.

In honor of the 225th anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh, we are proud to introduce a very special tribute to the Cathedral of Learning with the inaugural piece of our Cathedral Collection.

Remember the first time you visited the Pitt campus and saw the majestic Cathedral of Learning? Remember your first glimpse of the Commons Room with its elegant stone and ironwork adorning the columns and archways? Rekindle these treasured memories with a unique frame and sepia-toned print from the Cathedral Collection.


Designed by award-winning artist/blacksmiths Chris Holt and John Steel, each frame is forged and hammered by hand on an anvil in the tradition of the acclaimed Cathedral ironwork produced by renowned metalworker, Samuel Yellin. A decorative rivet in each corner of the frame reflects the original construction of the metalwork that Yellin designed specifically for the building. Reinterpreted in metal on each frame are the botanical images carved in limestone on arched passageways in the Cathedral of Learning. These images of oak, pine or grapevine, which depict the plant life found in Western Pennsylvania, grace the upper right hand corner of each frame. The frames are constructed when ordered, hand forged, then hand rubbed and sealed with a modern protective finish.

The frame surrounds a striking sepia photograph of the Cathedral, professionally produced on pro-metallic archival photo paper, museum mounted, surrounded by a dark chocolate suede finish mat and a metallic look fillet. At the bottom of the photo is a quotation, which is located on a column in the Commons Room and dedicated to Chancellor Bowman, which states: “May the building stand for centuries… that youth will find here moments of high victory.”

Just as the Cathedral of Learning is the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus, this stunning heirloom frame from the Cathedral Collection will be the centerpiece of your home décor and a beautiful reminder of cherished years at the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information on how to acquire the Cathedral Collection frame, please click here.

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