The Cathedral of Learning is a Pittsburgh landmark located in the center of the University of Pittsburgh's main campus. Towering at 535 feet tall, the 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere and the second tallest university building in the world. The Cathedral of Learning is also the second tallest gothic-styled building in the world.
Colloquially referred to as "Cathy" by some University of Pittsburgh students, the Cathedral of Learning functions as a primary classroom, administrative center, and home to several of the university's departments. Inside the Cathedral of Learning, students can utilize its many specialty spaces including a studio theater, food court, study lounges, offices, computer and language labs, Nationality Rooms, and a 4-story-high study and event hall.
The Cathedral's first floor is mainly occupied by the Commons Room. Considered one of the "great architectural fantasies of the twentieth century," the Commons Room is a Gothic-style study room donated by Andrew Mellon.
30 "Nationality Rooms" are also located on the first and third floors. Each nationality room is designed to celebrate a different culture that had an influence on Pittsburgh's growth.
Other notable facilities and rooms within the Cathedral of Learning are the Babcock Room, Braun Room, Croghan-Schenley Ballroom, Frick Auditorium, Humanities Center, Mulert Memorial Room, and many more.
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