Carnegie Museum of Art Frick Art & Historical Center
Pittsburgh, PA
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Self-Portrait with Leica, 1931
Exhibition: Street Photography to Surrealism: The Golden Age of Photography in France, 1900-1945
02/09/2019 - 05/05/2019 (more information)
Ilse Bing (German, 1899–1998)
Self-Portrait with Leica, 1931
Gelatin silver print
Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibitions
Exhibition: Mrs. Peacock: A Gilded Age Portrait
Through 02/24/2019 (more information)
Raimundo de Madrazo
(Spanish, 1841–1920)
Portrait of
Mrs. Irene M. Peacock
, 1902
Oil on canvas
The Frick Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Irene M. Peacock, 1902

Clayton Parlor

Frick Art & Historical Center
7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208


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Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Monday

  • Holiday Hours
    Through January 11, 2015
    Clayton and the site are open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    Docent-led tours are available, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m.

    December 11 and 18
    The site is open from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The Café is open until 9:00 p.m., with dinner seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Clayton is open until 9:00 p.m., with the last tour at 8:00 p.m.

    Closed December 24, December 25 and January 1

Closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Easter Sunday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve day; and Christmas Day.

If weather is inclement, please check WTAE, WPXI, and KDKA for snow closings before planning your visit.

Admission to the Frick Art & Historical Center, The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum is free. See Tours for admission fees for specific tours of Clayton. Members receive free tours.

  • Cost for Home for the Holidays: A special seasonal tour of Clayton
    Frick members: free
    General admission: $12
    Seniors and students: $10
    Active duty military: $10
    Children 16 and under: $6
    • Reservations: Strongly recommended, as holiday tours fill extremely quickly
      Contact: 412-371-0600

The Frick is approximately 20 minutes east of downtown Pittsburgh at the corner of Penn and South Homewood avenues in Point Breeze. The entrance is located on Reynolds Street.

Cars: From the Pittsburgh Airport or PA Turnpike, the Frick is reached via the Parkway East (I-376). Exit at #77–Edgewood Swissvale (take the Edgewood ramp), follow Braddock Ave. to Penn Ave. and turn left. Continue four blocks and turn left on South Homewood Ave. Proceed one long block to traffic circle (Reynolds St.) and follow signs to parking lot entrance.

Buses: From the Pittsburgh Airport or PA Turnpike, the Frick is reached via the Parkway East (I-376). Exit at #77–Edgewood Swissvale (take the Edgewood ramp), follow Braddock Ave. to Penn Ave. and turn left. Continue three blocks and turn left on Lexington Ave. Proceed one long block and turn right on Reynolds St. Buses may park along the Frick side (right side) of Reynolds Street with engines turned off.

Free parking is available in the museum’s private lot. Enter off Reynolds Street.
Get specific directions from your location.

Public Transportation
Port Authority buses 67, 69 and 71C provide service from downtown Pittsburgh.

Bus stops near the Frick are located at the corner of Penn and South Homewood avenues, and the corner of Reynolds Street and South Homewood Avenue near the traffic circle.

Taxi service is available from major hotels and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Today, the Frick’s mission is to serve the public through preservation, presentation and interpretation of the fine and decorative arts and historically significant artifacts for all residents of and visitors to Western Pennsylvania.

The year 1881 was a significant one for Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919). In February, he made his first recorded purchase of a work of art: a wooded landscape by local artist George Hetzel. Then, in the spring, Frick met Adelaide Howard Childs (1859-1931) and they were married on December 15.

After returning from their wedding trip, the Fricks purchased "Homewood," an eleven-room, Italianate-style home located at the corner of Penn and South Homewood avenues in Pittsburgh’s residential East End neighborhood. Pittsburgh architect Andrew Peebles made interior and exterior modifications to the home, which was renamed "Clayton." The home would serve as the family’s primary residence from 1882 to 1905.

The Fricks moved into Clayon early in 1883. Their son, Childs (1883-1965), was born in March. Two years later a daughter, Martha, was born (1885-1891), followed by Helen Clay Frick (1888-1984), and a fourth child, Henry Clay Frick, Jr., who died shortly after birth in 1892.

The Playhouse and Greenhouse: The Playhouse—which now houses the Visitors’ Center and Museum Shop at the Frick Art & Historical Center—was built in 1897, when Childs Frick was 14 and Helen Clay Frick was nine. It was designed by the architectural firm of Alden & Harlow, which at the same time was also constructing a new greenhouse next to the Playhouse and adding additional bathrooms to Clayton.

The Playhouse was a center of activity for the Frick children. Helen played and entertained friends in the drawing room on the first floor, and upstairs a large room, now converted to offices, was used by Childs as a darkroom.

Family photographs show many children gathered at the Playhouse for parties and events. Also, the Clayton Cadets, a military group organized by Childs when he attended nearby Sterrett School, held practice drills on the second floor. There was also a bowling alley on the first floor, part of which can be seen today beneath the floor in the Museum Shop.

Moving to New York: By 1905, Henry Clay Frick’s business, social, and artistic interests had shifted from Pittsburgh to New York. The family moved to New York, and spent their first ten years living in a Vanderbilt mansion on Fifth Avenue.

While living on Fifth Avenue, the Fricks began building what would become their summer home, Eagle Rock, in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts.

They also began planning their New York residence at 1 East 70th Street, which was designed to accommodate Frick’s large art collection of growing international standing, The Frick residence, today known as The Frick Collection, was opened to the public as a museum in 1935.

Creating a Legacy in Pittsburgh: Although the Fricks left Clayton in 1905, the home was never sold. It remained a part of their family life.

In 1908, Helen Clay Frick returned to Pittsburgh and Clayton for her debut into society, although she continued to live in New York for most of her adult life and also spent considerable time traveling the world. She also owned a farmhouse in New York. After Henry Clay Frick’s death in 1919, Helen inherited $38 million dollars, making her America’s richest heiress.

Like her father, Helen Clay Frick was a passionate art collector. To house her growing collection of fine and decorative art, she built The Frick Art Museum, which was opened to the public in 1970.

In 1981, Helen returned to Clayton to live full time, and stayed there until her death in 1984. She left provisions for the family home to be restored and opened to the public. Following a four-year restoration project, Clayton was opened to the public in 1990. Today, the home provides visitors with an intimate glimpse into the life of the Frick family more than a century ago and insight into late-nineteenth-century life in general.

Further Expanding the Site: The Frick has continued to grow in the years following Clayton’s opening in 1990. In 1994, The Café at the Frick opened on the site.

In 1997, the Frick’s carriage house, in which the family’s personal collection of cars and carriages were kept, was expanded to create the Car and Carriage Museum. The collection provides visitors with a history of Pittsburgh’s role in the automotive industry, along with that of western Pennsylvania’s early auto enthusiasts and manufacturers.


Street Photography to Surrealism: The Golden Age of Photography in France, 1900-1945
February 9, 2019 - May 5, 2019
(more information)

Mrs. Peacock: A Gilded Age Portrait
Through February 24, 2019
(more information)


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