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Frick Art and Historical Center (Clayton)

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Frick Art and Historical Center (Clayton)

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Location Details

PHONE: 412-371-0606
ADDRESS: 7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
HOURS: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; Closed Mon
COST: Clayton: Adults $12; Children, Seniors, FullTime students $10

Event Details

Fridays at the Frick

Description

At the turn of the century, Point Breeze was the preferred address for many of Pittsburgh's rich and famous industrialists. Today the Fricks' family home, Clayton, endures as one of the finest examples of a Victorian mansion from that era.

Henry Clay Frick and his new bride, Adelaide Howard, purchased Clayton in 1882. At the time, it was as an 11-room home, but local architect Frederick J. Osterling would transform it into a 23-room chateau-style mansion.

For the next 22 years, the Fricks would entertain presidents and raise their family at Clayton. When they moved to New York in 1905, it was as if they had simply gone to tea. They left behind an astonishing collection of artifacts that today makes Clayton one of the most complete museum homes in the country. From highchairs and children's books to family photos and sterling flatware, Clayton provides an intimate glimpse into the life of the Frick family a century ago.

Clayton is located on the grounds of the Frick Art and Historical Center, a 5-acre complex of historical buildings, museums, and gardens. In addition to Clayton, there's the Frick Art Museum, which houses Helen Clay Frick's personal collection of fine and decorative arts (porcelains, bronzes, rare examples of 17th- and 18th- century furniture and the works of Old Masters); and the Car and Carriage Museum, which displays more than 20 vintage automobiles (Henry Clay Frick's 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost touring car and Howard Heinz's 1898 Panhard, reputed to be the first car in Pittsburgh).

But a trip to the Frick Art and Historical Center doesn't have to be all about mansions or vintage automobiles. Visitors may want to take a moment to stop and smell the roses at the greenhouse that has supplied Clayton with fresh flowers since 1897 or sit on the patio of the Frick Cafe that has twice been voted the best place for lunch in the city.

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