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The Allegheny County Courthouse is probably downtown Pittsburgh's most unique building from an architectural perspective. When the county's previous courthouse was ruined by fire in 1882, Boston architect HH Richardson won the competition to construct the new facility. His building consisted of the main courthouse surrounding a large interior courtyard with a prison across the street and was completed in 1884. The prison and courthouse are connected with the "Bridge of Sighs" that was certainly inspired by Venice's 16th Century Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) which also connected that city's prison with the interrogation chambers in the palace.
The courthouse is located on Grant Street between Diamond Street and 5th Avenue.
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