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April 3, 2008

Travel Channel Cathedral feature to air

The Cathedral of Learning will be featured at 9:30 p.m. April 16 on the Travel Channel’s “John Ratzenberger’s Made in America” program.

The program is featuring behind-the-scenes tours of some of the country’s most fascinating American-made wonders.

In November, a Travel Channel crew filmed the interior and exterior of the Cathedral.

Several Pitt officials were interviewed by the program’s host including Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg; E. Maxine Bruhns, director of Pitt’s Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, and University architect Park Rankin.

The brainchild of the late John G. Bowman, Pitt’s chancellor from 1921 to 1945, the Cathedral was designed by Philadelphia architect Charles Zeller Klauder.

Construction began in the 1920s, funded by a $10 million public fundraising campaign, one of the first modern fundraising drives.

The Cathedral was designated a national landmark by the National Park Service in 1975, and designated by Pittsburgh City Council as a historic structure in 1977.

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