The Fort Pitt Hotel (Picture Post Card)


Title of Installation

Norse Room, Fort Pitt Hotel

Materials Used:

Ceramic tiles

General Description:

*  (Scroll down to, and click on the pdf "file")                                                 

**  (Scroll down to, and click on the pdf "file")                                              

Technical Information (Size,mfg., etc.):


Year Created:

The hotel was once considered one of Pittsburgh's most elegant hotels. The structure was built in two sections; the eight-story section at Tenth Street and Penn Avenue was designed by Alden and Harlow and constructed in 1905. The eleven-story tower addition, designed by Janssen and Abbott, was constructed in 1909. The [Norse] room, designed by John Dee Wareham, was finished in 1909 at a cost of $85,000.***

Year Installed, if different:

Does Installation Still Exist?


If Not, What Happened?

The Fort Pitt Hotel was razed in 1967 to make way for the Penn Park redevelopment project.*** It is not known if any of the tiling or panels still exist.





Location of Installation:

Penn Avenue between Tenth and Eleventh Streets

GPS Coordinates:

Directions to Installation:

Additional Information, Websites, Citations:

See also "The Use of Tile in the Interior Finish and Decoration of Hotels" by William Hagerman Graves in The Architectural Review, Vol. 2, No. 4, April 1913, pp. 45. (Scroll down to, and click on the pdf "file") 

Color photo from *; black and white photos from **.


Submitted by and Year:

Submitted by Michael Padwee (tileback101"at" in January 2011.


                                         (Photo **)

Picture Post Card of the Norse Room

Rookwood ad from The Architectural
RecordOctober 1910





(W.H. Graves, "The Use of Tile in the Interior Finish and Decoration of Hotels", The Architectural Review, Vol. II, 
No. 4, April 1913, p. 44)