pittsburgh: cathedral of learning, frick ceramics, & phipps botanicals

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At the University of Pittsburgh’s interdenominational neo-Gothic Heinz Memorial Chapel, a chic lady with an ash blonde asymmetrical bob told us that the founder of the H.J. Heinz Co., Henry John Heinz, built the chapel to honor his mother, Anna Margaretta Heinz.  In 1938, Howard Heinz, H.J.’s son, dedicated the chapel “to culture, an understanding response to beauty, and religious worship.” All 23 of the stained glass windows were designed by Pennsylvania native Charles J. Connick.  The five chancel windows at the front represent the virtues of Justice, Faith, Charity, Hope and Wisdom.  The 73-foot-tall transept windows, among the tallest in the world, represent Temperance, Truth, Tolerance, and Courage.  Equal numbers of men and women from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century are depicted, including such illustrious folks as William Penn, Lewis and Clark, Pocahontas, Abraham Lincoln, St. Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Emily Dickinson, and George…

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