The Priory Hotel and The Andy Warhol Museum

The Priory Hotel

The Priory Hotel was originally a monastery, founded by German and Swiss immigrants in 1848. The parish building is an example of the architectural style known as Italianate classical, brought over by European immigrants. The Priory was then added as a home for Benedictine Priests and Brothers, and served as a place for those traveling to St. Vincent’s Archabbey to stop for a night on their way through.

Priory Courtyard

The building was acquired by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 1981 to be destroyed to make way for I-279.  A local community group fought back against the destruction of the church, and forced PDOT to relocate the highway. The Priory was then bought and restored by the Graf family to a 19th century furnished hotel. There are currently 42 rooms inside guests can stay in, as well as a Grand Hall that can hold up to 500 people. The now hotel is located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, and is a historic landmark of Pittsburgh in the 19th century.

Picture 2; inn sign

Like many of Pittsburgh’s cultural gems, it is tucked away in an old and unassuming neighborhood, away from the foot traffic of downtown. The Priory offers a peek into the keyhole of Pittsburgh’s past, one that has remained because of the foresight and devotion of many.

Picture 1; Outside overview

The Andy Warhol Museum

inside the museum

Andy Warhol was one of the pioneers of the American pop art movement in the 20th century. Warhol is widely known for his paintings of Campbell Soup cans and the use of techniques such as silk screening and blot technique. However, Warhol produced a massive amount of art work across a whole range of mediums. Many critiques believe his art largely contributed to the “collapse of boundaries between high and low art.

warhol self portrait

The Warhol museum is located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, and is the largest museum in the U.S. dedicated to a single artist. The building itself is a 73,000-square-foot converted warehouse on Pittsburgh’s North Side, which stands only a few miles from what was Warhol’s childhood home. The museum contains thousands of Warhol’s paintings, sculptures, numerous prints, films, and video and audiotapes.

elvis warhol

It is hard to even begin to unravel the impact Warhol had on the culture of art, as well as the city of Pittsburgh. Warhol’s unique take on art, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit he brought to his craft left a mark on how art is seen and defined.

Written by: Ethan Tuxill