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Three Rivers Stadium pen and ink drawing by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.Featured here is a detailed pen & ink illustration I created of Three Rivers Stadium which was a multi-purpose stadium located on the north shore of the Allegheny River in the city of Pittsburgh. It was home to the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates and NFL Pittsburgh Steelers respectively between 1970-2000. The stadium was given its name due to its location at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers which come to form the Ohio River at Point State Park. The stadium opened on July 16, 1970, marking the teams move from legendary Forbes Field located near the University of Pittsburgh in the neighborhood of Oakland. Three Rivers Stadium was a beloved architectural landmark to generations of Pittsburghers.

Three Rivers Stadium produced many memories but two particularly stand out in the hearts of Pittsburghers. The first occurred on September 30, 1972 when Pirates right-fielder, Roberto Clemente on his last at bat had his 3,000th hit. Unfortunately, Roberto Clemente tragically lost his life a few months later while delivering medicine and supplies to earthquake ravaged Nicarauga. He is often regarded as the greatest right-fielder in baseball history and he will be forever remembered for his athleticism on the field and his humanitarian contributions and goodwill.

Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

Franco Harris earned immortal fame with his “Immaculate Reception” in the closing seconds of the AFC divisional playoff game. The game occurred on December 23, 1972 against the Oakland Raiders at Three Rivers Stadium and set the stage for the Steelers dynastic reign as Superbowl champions.

Franco Harris & the “Immaculate Reception”

The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Baltimore Orioles in the very first game in a World Series to be played at night in 1971. The third MLB All-Star game presented by the Pirates occurred in 1974 and again in 1994, which featured the largest crowd for a baseball game at the stadium. The Pittsburgh Steelers played in seven AFC Championship games at the stadium between 1972-98 with the Steelers winning five of those matches. The Steelers sold out every home game from 1972 which continues to this day. Pittsburgh Steelers broadcaster, Myron Cope debuted the Terrible Towel at the stadium on December 27, 1975.

Three Rivers Stadium was imploded on February 11, 2001. Thousands of Pittsburghers braved a very cold morning to witness this tearful and emotional event from locations throughout the city. The Pirates moved nearby to PNC Park while the Steelers did the same at Heinz Field. But Three Rivers Stadium lives on in the memories of many.

Three Rivers Stadium Implosion

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Drawings section of my fine art website to purchase this print and relive the glory days in the “City of Champions”.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Drawings

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City of Pittsburgh skyline pen and ink drawing by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.Featured here is a very detailed pen & ink illustration I created of my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This illustration has become my trademark centerpiece and a favorite of collectors of my work both in Pittsburgh and across the country. I am always personally amazed at how these illustrations turn out when they are completed with the attention to detail and the nearly preciseness to scale of the buildings and surrounding landscape. I think they look remarkable for not having had any formal architectural drafting education or training. For me, it has always been more about the passion that I put into my drawings and paintings to make them look as realistic as possible and to captivate the viewer. I would like for people to be proud of their hometown and the places that make it “someplace special”.

Pittsburgh is characterized by the shape of the city’s downtown and majestic skyline known as the Golden Triangle which forms a triangular tract. The Allegheny & Monongahela rivers carve at both sides of the city and converge at the Point to form the Ohio River. Pittsburgh is known as the “City of Steel” & the “City of Bridges”.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Drawings section of my fine art website to purchase this immaculate print of the City of Pittsburgh skyline.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Drawings

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Colleges and universities throughout the Pittsburgh area will soon be holding their annual commencements. Here is a collection of many of the region’s college old mains which I have drawn over the years which make great graduation gifts.

Click the link below to view my collection of college and university old main drawings.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – College & University Old Mains

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A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a group called Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. who are raising funds in order to restore animation pioneer, Walt Disney’s original Laugh-O-Gram Studio. The Laugh-O-Gram Studio was a film studio located on the second floor of the McConahay Building in Kansas City, Missouri. The studio served as a vital location for Walt Disney and his animation team in its early years. It is said to be the place that provided Walt Disney with his inspiration to create Mickey Mouse.

Laugh-O-Gram Animation Studio, circa 1920’s

Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse

Walt Disney founded Laugh-O-Gram Studio in May, 1922. The company received an $11,000 contract to produce six fairy tale cartoons for Pictorial Clubs, Inc. Unfortunately the company experienced problems making ends meet in its very short existence and declared bankruptcy in July, 1923.  Disney moved to Hollywood, California selling his movie camera and earning enough money for a one-way train ticket & the rest is history.

Walt Disney, 1922

I will be donating a limited edition print of  my hand-drawn pen & ink illustration of the Cinderella Castle featured below to the group for a charity fundraiser which will go towards raising funds to restore the studio.


Click the link below to the National Landmarks section of my fine art website to purchase this  immaculate detailed hand-drawn print which makes a great gift for your princess’ bedroom or as cover art for wedding invitations, prints or programs.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – National Landmarks

Thank You Walt Disney, Inc.

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Smithfield Street Bridge

Smithfield Street Bridge

Pen & Ink Illustration

The Smithfield Street Bridge is a lenticular truss bridge which spans the width of the Monongahela River in the city of Pittsburgh. Along with the picturesque city of Venice, Italy with its many intertwining canals, Pittsburgh is known not only as the “City of Steel” but also the “City of Bridges”. The city has several hundred bridges in a range of styles and colors which cross our many rivers and valleys. When it comes to history, architectural style and picture postcard quality the Smithfield Street Bridge is the city’s crown jewel. The bridge serves as both a commuter and pedestrian bridge which connects downtown to the Shoppes of Station Square and the Southside of Pittsburgh. Station Square was once home to a railroad terminal but later renovated into classy upscale restaurants and unique shoppes, along with the outside pavilion, Bessemer Court.

The Smithfield Street Bridge has seen three models throughout its existence but the current bridge has stood since 1883.  The first bridge was designed by Louis Wernwag in 1818 and constructed of wood. The bridge was destroyed by fire during the Great Fire of Pittsburgh in 1845. The second model, a wire-rope suspension bridge was designed and built most famously by John A. Roebling. Roebling is known worldwide by engineers as the designer of one of the most famous bridges in the world, Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, New York. The final bridge and the one which we see today was designed by Gustav Lindenthal between 1881-83. Lindenthal also designed the Hells Gate Bridge. The Smithfield Street Bridge served as a trolley streetcar system until 1985 when service was diverted to the nearby Panhandle Bridge. In 1995, the bridge was affixed and rehabilitated with a new deck, colorful paint schemes and the addition of architectural lighting. The Smithfield Street Bridge has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Drawings section of my fine art website to purchase this print of the Smithfield Street Bridge located in the “City of Bridges”.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Drawings

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monongahela-inclineThe Monongahela Incline is located near the Smithfield Street Bridge behind the Shoppes at Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the oldest continuous operating furnicular in the United States along with the Duquesne Incline located short distance away. The Duquesne Incline is known for its signature red and yellow colored cabs which are often featured in photographs and postcards with the city skyline. The surviving inclines are two of seventeen original passenger-carrying inclines in the city.

During the Industrial Revolution and shortly after the American Civil War, Pittsburgh became known worldwide as the center of the steel industry. Immigrants from all throughout Europe left their homelands in search of the opportunities and freedoms that America offered. Hundreds of ships crossed the Atlantic and sailed through New York Harbor past the Statue of Liberty and to Ellis Island. The demand for laborers and steelworkers was beginning to blossom in Pittsburgh. Many immigrants, most of whom were of German descent came to Pittsburgh and established their roots here. Many of the newly constructed steel mills and factories were built in the flat lands and flood plains nearest to the city and its rivers. This left the steep hillsides of Mt. Washington, known as “Coal Hill” as the only place for adequate construction of homes. Travel at that time was hindered by the lack of well built roads and public transportation. Many of the Germans who settled here fondly remembered the seilbahns (cable cars) from their homeland. The German steelworkers proposed construction of the inclines and the Monongahela Incline opened on May 28, 1870.

The inclines are operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County and are used by both commuters and visitors on a daily basis. The Monongahela Incline was first constructed with a wooden frame, however was renovated with steel in 1882. The incline is 635 feet long and is built on a 35 degree grade. The cable cars can each seat up to 23 passengers and travels at a speed of 6 mph. The Monongahela Incline was originally steam-operated but converted to electricity in 1935. The view from Mt. Washington is a magnificent view regardless if it is night or day. The impressive skyline of the “Golden Triangle” along with the rivers and valleys all complement one another that leave breath-taking views. The inclines are admired and loved both by Pittsburghers and those who visit our beautiful city.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Drawings section of my fine art website to purchase this print of the Monongahela Incline and one of Pittsburgh’s treasured landmarks.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Drawings

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My name is Charles Ott and I am an architectural illustrator and fine artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I would like to welcome everyone to my new Steel City Artist fine art website. The website features very detailed hand drawn pen and ink illustrations and colorful paintings of prominent architectural buildings and landmarks of Pittsburgh and throughout America. The illustrations and paintings make great gift ideas for family and holiday related events or to decorate your own home. The illustrations and paintings would ideally complement your home, office or sports game room.

Click the link below to view my fine art website which features my pen & ink architectural illustrations and colorful paintings and thank you for visiting.

Steel City Artist Illustrations

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