Can you believe that this man, Henry Clay Frick was the "Coke King" of Pittsburgh in the 1870's? In 1871, at 21 years old, Frick joined two cousins and a friend in a small partnership, using a beehive oven to turn coal into coke for use in steel manufacturing, and vowed to be a millionaire by the age of thirty. The company was called Frick Coke Company. Shortly after marrying his wife, Adelaide, in 1881, Frick met Andrew Carnegie in New York City while the Fricks were on their honeymoon. This meeting resulted in a partnership between H. C. Frick & Company and Carnegie Steel Company, and was the predecessor to United States Steel.
In 1910, Frick purchased property at Fifth Avenue and 70th Street to construct a mansion, now known as The Frick Collection. Built to a massive size and covering a full city block, Frick told friends he was building it to "make Carnegie's place look like a miner's shack.
As much I loved visiting the Frick, I was very disappointed in not being allowed to take pictures of the gorgeous interior of Clayton House. I thought the Campbell House in St Louis was very opulent but Clayton is truly a gem of the Gilded Age of American. Watch the video to get a taste of what I'm talking about.
There is Car Museum at the Art Center...truthfully I'm not a car person but the cars here are so very interesting. The collection includes Henry Clay Frick’s 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost touring car, Howard Heinz’s 1898 Panhard (reputed to be the first car in Pittsburgh), a Stanley Steamer and Frick's Blue Bantam, a fun, small, weather-tight convertible with roll-up windows...originally priced at $525 in 1940.
Griddled French Onion...caramelized Vidalia onions, garlic, thyme, sherry, and Gruyere cheese on crusty French bread.