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Cathedral of Learning

The Cathedral of Learning, the unique and architecturally stunning landmark that has come to symbolize the University of Pittsburgh is the tallest education building in the United States. The Cathedral owes its very existence to the vision and persistence of John Gabbert Bowman, Pitt's chancellor from 1921 to 1945. Chancellor Bowman began building this magnificent structure in 1926 and dedicated the building in 1937 with the help of contributions from men, women, and children throughout the region. Today, the Cathedral of Learning is home to the magnificent three-story "Commons Room" at ground level, the internationally renowned Nationality Classrooms, the University's administrative offices, libraries, a computer center, a restaurant, and offices and classrooms for many liberal arts departments.