Insider Tour

Retail Ramble: A Tour of Best-Loved Department Stores

Neighborhood: Downtown

Start Location: 501 Penn Ave, Joseph Horne's building

End Location: 400 Fifth Ave, Kaufmann's building

Time Length: 60-90 minutes

Distance (miles): 0.6 miles

Saturday Times:

  • 10:00am - 11:30 am

Sunday Times:

  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Restrooms Available: Yes

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Cost: $20

Building Description:

Where are five Department Stores in downtown Pittsburgh?  

You'll see them on this tour.  You'll recognize their architectural features and learn about these turn of the Century marvels.  They led the way in the development of Pittsburgh.  Joseph Hornes, McCreerys, Gimbels, Frank and Seder's, and Kaufmann's, now have been “repurposed” and they are starting their second lives.

These fine buildings were the cultural institutions of their hayday (about 1900-1930).  The movers and shakers of Pittsburgh  curated their wares, and all types people flocked to them. The owners not only carried a full line of merchandise, but made special efforts to provide the customers with special amenities.

Colorful historical tales will be told and the rich architectural features will be examined. Participants will have the unique experience of going into several of the these stores and pondering their reuse scenarios.

Proceeds from this tour will benefit Preservation Pittsburgh  a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to preservation of our region's historic, architectural, cultural and environmental heritage.

 Please wear comfortable walking shoes. 

TOUR HOST:       Preservation Pittsburgh 

 TOUR START:     Joseph Hornes, 501 Penn Ave.